Courses in Fieldwork and Language Documentation

Upper-Division Courses

140. Introduction to Field Methods. (3 units.) Covers the methods and practice in collecting, processing, and analyzing data based on work with a native speaker of a particular language. Requires students to discriminate and transcribe sounds, collect texts, and to describe and analyze grammatical phenomena from their own data. The language varies each time the course is taught, at the choice on the instructor.

Graduate Courses

240a,b. Field Methods. (4 units.) The field methods course is a full year course required of all graduate students, taken in either the second or the third year. (Some students elect to take the course more than once.) In the course of engaging in a detailed study of the phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics of a particular language, the course emphasizes phonetic ear-training and extensive one-on-one work with native speakers throughout the year. In addition to being engaged in a detailed description of a language, the field methods course plays an important role in the training of linguists as scientific thinkers. Languages covered in recent iterations of the class include Aymara (2014-15), Turkmen (2013-14), Sereer (2012-13), Garifuna (2011-12), Falam (2007-08), Southeastern Pomo (2006-07), Northern Paiute (2005-06), Kuki-Thaadow (2004-05), Yucatec (2003-04), Tangkhul (2002-03), Hong Kong Sign (2002-03), Leggbo (2001-02).