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Field Linguistics
By Terry Crowley

Field Linguistics

A Beginner's Guide

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Field Linguistics by Terry Crowley

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Crowley's voice of experience brings us the best practical fieldwork guide to date. Sensible, frank, and comprehensive, this book prepares beginning field workers for the rigours ahead and will save years of costly trial and error. N. J. Enfield This book is a comprehensive, practical guide to field linguistics. It deals in particular with the problems arising from the documentation of endangered languages. Deploying a mixture of methodology and practical advice and drawing on his own immense experience, Terry Crowley shows how to record, analyse, and describe a language in the field. He covers the challenges and problems the researcher is likely to encounter, offers guidance on issues ranging from ethics to everyday diplomacy, and provides full discussions of corpus elicitation, how to keep track of data, salvage fieldwork, dealing with unexpected circumstances, and many other central topics. "We all learn by our mistakes," he writes, "and I have plenty of my own to share with you."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780199213702
ISBN-10: 0199213704
Format: Paperback
(245mm x 172mm x 16mm)
Pages: 218
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 18-Jan-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Books By Author Terry Crowley

Introduction to Historical Linguistics by Terry Crowley Introduction to Historical Linguistics, Paperback (March 2010)

The new edition of this popular introductory text on historical linguistics covers all areas of language change, with a focus on Australia and the Pacific. Topics include sound change, the comparative method, cultural reconstruction and morphological and syntactic change.

Field Linguistics by Terry Crowley Field Linguistics, Hardback (January 2007)

Serving as a practical guide to field linguistics, this book deals with the problems arising from the documentation of endangered languages. It shows how to record, analyse, and describe a language in the field; and covers the challenges and problems the researcher is likely to encounter.

Serial Verbs in Oceanic by Terry Crowley Serial Verbs in Oceanic, Hardback (November 2002)

Though the construction is rare in English, the use of serial verbs is common in many languages. This book shows what serial verbs are, where they are found (particularly in the Oceanic languages of the Pacific), and how current theory accounts for them. The author argues that their formation is a consequence of contact between different languages.

Beach-la-Mar to Bislama by Terry Crowley Beach-la-Mar to Bislama, Hardback (October 1990)

Bislama is the variety of Melanesian Pidgin spoken in Vanuatu. This book describes its history and development from the 1840s to the present. It is the first in a new series of books which will aim to present case studies of language contact around the world.

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Author Biography - Terry Crowley

Terry Crowley was Professor of Linguistics at the University of Waikato. He researched Oceanic languages for over a quarter of a century during which time he produced original accounts of seventeen of them including Bislama, Sye, Ura, Yaygir, Bandjalang, Uradhi, Mpakwithi, and Cape York Creole. His OUP books include Serial Verbs in Oceanic (2002) and An Introduction to Historical Linguistics (third edition, 1998). When Terry Crowley died in January 2005 he left behind a complete and almost final draft of the present book. This has been checked and prepared for publication by Professor Crowley's friend and colleague, Dr Nick Thieberger of the University of Melbourne.

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