Search:
Computing and Library Services - delivering an inspiring information environment

Eliciting Phonetic Data and Metadata during Linguistic Field Research

Coxall, Katie- Louise (2018) Eliciting Phonetic Data and Metadata during Linguistic Field Research. Masters thesis, University of Huddersfield.

[img]
Preview
PDF - Accepted Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives.

Download (1MB) | Preview

Abstract

Having identified a gap for research which combines the perspectives of experienced field researchers in relation to the methods used when collecting data on the phonetic and phonological aspects of language, this research will collate and explore the results of a survey of 16 experienced field linguists who have shared insight into tried and tested methods of data collection.

Through an online survey, respondents answered questions about their experiences of data collection with a particular focus on areas which were identified from the literature as having potential to cause difficulties. The areas of difficulty addressed were: the target language and informant(s), minimal pairs, affricates, connected speech, allophones, variation and metadata and, finally, recording methods. Participants were asked about the methods used to elicit data and the problems that they encountered throughout their research, followed by ways in which these problems were overcome.

Through analysis of the results and reference to the existing literature, a number of areas of methodological consensus have been identified. These areas of consensus, along with less well-known techniques, have contributed to a discussion of best practise in the collection of phonetic and phonological data. Using the results of the survey, each area has been explored and a set of recommendations have been proposed to guide future linguistic documentation projects. The suggested recommendations are also intended to serve as a prompt with additional techniques for use when problems are encountered by researchers during their research.

Whilst useful for any phonetic and phonological linguistic documentation project, the research was motivated by the diminishing rates of linguistic diversity throughout the world. By forming recommendations based on the opinions and experiences of 16 field researchers, it is hoped that the advice generated will be of assistance to future researchers in their efforts to document endangered language varieties.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
Schools: School of Music, Humanities and Media
Depositing User: Andrew Strike
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2018 09:08
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2019 16:15
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/34699

Downloads

Downloads per month over past year

Repository Staff Only: item control page

View Item View Item

University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield, HD1 3DH Copyright and Disclaimer All rights reserved ©