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Ep 18: Documenting Linguistic Avoidance in Datooga with Alice Mitchell

Ep 18: Documenting Linguistic Avoidance in Datooga with Alice Mitchell

May 23, 2020

This week's episode is with Alice Mitchell, a Junior Professor at the Institute for African Studies at the University of Cologne in Germany. Alice holds a BA in German and Linguistics from the University of Oxford, an MA in Language Documentation and Description from SOAS, and a PhD in Linguistics from the University at Buffalo. Her research focuses on the Datooga language of Tanzania, where she has been conducting fieldwork since 2012. 

In this episode, Alice talks us through her work in Tanzania, and her experiences documenting name avoidance and studying children's speech in Datooga. 

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Ep 17: Mary Walworth on Fieldwork with a Baby

Ep 17: Mary Walworth on Fieldwork with a Baby

May 15, 2020

Today's episode is with Mary Walworth from the Max Planck Institute. Mary is co-leader of the Comparative Oceanic Languages (CoOL) Project at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Germany. She received her MA and PhD from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, where she focused primarily on documenting the understudied languages of French Polynesia. She specializes in the historical relationships of Oceanic languages, examining both direct relatedness and indirect, contact-based linguistic development. She has worked with many communities throughout French Polynesia and Vanuatu.

In this episode, Mary shares how her experiences parenting in the field influenced her research and her relationship with the community she collaborates with.

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Ep 16: Remote Fieldwork with Richard T. Griscom

Ep 16: Remote Fieldwork with Richard T. Griscom

May 8, 2020

This week's episode is with Richard T. Griscom, a post-doctoral researcher at Leiden University.  Richard's research focuses on language documentation, fieldwork methodology, and functional-typological linguistic description and theory, with a special emphasis on the languages of East Africa. Over the past five years, he has been working with the Asimjeeg Datooga and the Hadzabe, both endangered minority language communities of northern Tanzania.

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Ep 15: Rethinking the ‘field’ in Fieldwork with Hannah Gibson

Ep 15: Rethinking the ‘field’ in Fieldwork with Hannah Gibson

May 1, 2020

Today's episode is with Hannah Gibson, fellow SOASian and Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Essex. Hannah's research is primarily concerned with linguistic variation, particularly why and how languages change. Much of her work explores the syntax and semantics of the Bantu languages, with a focus on languages spoken in Eastern Africa. She has conducted data collection in Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa and the UK. 

In this episode, Hannah and I discuss her research, what her daily research routine looks like, and why we should think critically about what we mean when we use the term “fieldwork”. 

 

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Ep 14: Fieldwork in the Time of COVID-19 with Guillem Belmar

Ep 14: Fieldwork in the Time of COVID-19 with Guillem Belmar

April 23, 2020

Today's episode is Guillem Belmar, a Linguistics PhD student at UC Santa Barbara. In this episode, we discuss the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on fieldwork. This discussion was inspired by UCSB grad students who have started a group to share and debate online fieldwork, and this post on social media from Guillem, which urged fieldworkers to pause field trip plans in light of the pandemic.

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Ep 13: Jeff Good on Facilitating Language Documentation in Cameroon

Ep 13: Jeff Good on Facilitating Language Documentation in Cameroon

April 17, 2020

Welcome to Season Two! This is the first episode of Season Two on Field Notes. Although we are living in strange times and fieldwork is not currently possible due to the COVID-19, Field Notes will continue publishing weekly episodes this season to share information and experiences from the field which will hopefully benefit our listeners in the future (when fieldwork is possible again). Until then, hang in there, we are all in this together.

This episode's guest is Jeff Good. Jeff is a professor and chair of the Department of Linguistics at the University of Buffalo in New York. Jeff is a typologist and his research focuses on lesser-documented Batoid languages in the lower Fungom region of Northwest Cameroon. In this episode, Jeff shares how he started working in the lower Fungom region and how he now works with scholars in Cameroon to facilitate language documentation and research from his base in Buffalo.

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Ep 12: Miroslav Valeš on Fieldwork in the Americas & Spain

Ep 12: Miroslav Valeš on Fieldwork in the Americas & Spain

July 16, 2019

This week’s interview is the Season 1 finale with Miroslav Valeš (Technical University of Liberec). In this interview, Miroslav discusses his long and varied fieldwork career, and his experiences working with the Lakhota (USA), Shuar (Ecuador) and A Fala (Spain) communities. 

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There is some sensitive material discussed in this interview, including traditional practices that some people may find disturbing.

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Season 2 will be announced on the Field Notes website and on social media (Instagram and Twitter): @lingfieldnotes

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Ep 11: Alex Garcia on Monolingual Fieldwork in The Philippines

Ep 11: Alex Garcia on Monolingual Fieldwork in The Philippines

July 9, 2019

Today’s episode is with Alex Garcia (University of Barcelona). Alex works with the Northern Alta Community in the Philippines. In this episode, Alex discusses how he started working with speakers of Nothern Alta, and how he learned Northern Alta in order to conduct monolingual fieldwork. 

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Alex's website

Alex's data on Kratylos

Alex’s Northern Alta deposit on ELAR

"Monolingual Fieldwork" Demonstration - Daniel Everett (from LSA)

Alex's equipment: Zoom H4n audio recorder, Rode NTG2 (shotgun microphone), Rode NT4 (cardioid microphone), Canon Legria HF G25 (video camera), Canon Powershot SX400 (SLR camera), Toshiba Z30 & Toshiba Satellite C55 (laptops) 

Philippine Negrito languages

Ilocano language

Tagalog language

Bontok language 

Casiguran Dumagat Agta

Kasiguranin language

Alta on Wikipedia

Northern Alta on Wikipedia 

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Ep 10: Fieldwork Q&A with Vera Ferreira & Hugo Cardoso (Part 2)

Ep 10: Fieldwork Q&A with Vera Ferreira & Hugo Cardoso (Part 2)

July 2, 2019

Today's episode is part two of our Q&A episode with Vera Ferreira (CIDLeS & ELDP) & Hugo Cardoso (University of Lisbon). In this episode, we discuss questions from listeners such as "How can fieldworkers deal with the often tragic and uncomfortable circumstances in the field?", "How can we reduce our environmental impact in the field?" and "How to deal with difficult recording situations". Just a reminder, the responses to these questions are based on our own experiences in the field and do not necessarily reflect best practice (i.e., your mileage may vary). 

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Hugo's equipment: Marantz audio recorder,  Zoom H6Panasonic HC-VX98 video cameras, Sennheiser lapel microphone (wireless), Rode NT2-A microphone, Rode NTG2 (shotgun mic), Rode NT microphone

Zoom Q8 video camera & Sony FDR-AX53 4K Ultra HD (Vera's recommendation) 

Clean Tabs for water purification 

Thank you to our listeners who sent in questions, if you have a question about linguistic fieldwork, you can email it to fieldnotespod@gmail.com

If you would like to hear more about Vera's fieldwork with the Fala (Spain), Minderico (Portugal) and Bavarian (Germany) communities, you can listen to Field Notes episode two. If you would like to learn more about Hugo's work with the Diu and Kerala communities (India) and the Portuguese Burgher community (Eastern Sri Lanka), you can listen to episode four. 

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Ep 9: Fieldwork Q&A with Vera Ferreira & Hugo Cardoso (Part 1)

Ep 9: Fieldwork Q&A with Vera Ferreira & Hugo Cardoso (Part 1)

June 25, 2019

Today's episode is with Vera Ferreira (CIDLeS & ELDP) & Hugo Cardoso (University of Lisbon). In this episode, Martha, Hugo & Vera discuss questions sent in from listeners. Questions include "How can collected data be shared in a meaningful way with communities" and "What do researchers prioritise during their documentation projects?".

If you would like to hear more about Vera's fieldwork with the Fala (Spain), Minderico (Portugal) and Bavarian (Germany) communities, you can listen to Field Notes episode two. If you would like to learn more about Hugo's work with the Diu and Kerala communities (India) and the Portuguese Burgher community (Eastern Sri Lanka), you can listen to episode four.

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Website: https://fieldnotespod.com

Email: fieldnotespod@gmail.com

Twitter & Instagram: @lingfieldnotes

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