Teaching linguistic fieldwork and sustainability

Date: 4 December, 2009
Location: The School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Event type: Seminar

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An event for both experienced and novice lecturers and students of Field Linguistics. An event to introduce them to knowledge and skills from a wide range of areas in linguistic theory and practice, and to learn about “real world” language problems and solutions.

A workshop jointly organised by the Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies and the Department of Linguistics, SOAS.

The workshop is aimed at students interested in learning more about fieldwork, and staff who are considering how fieldwork might fit into the linguistics curriculum. There will be two strands – one for beginners who are interested but have no experience of fieldwork, and one for advanced who have some fieldwork experience or have participated in a fieldmethods course. For beginners, we will cover a range of fieldwork types, including language documentation and urban sociolinguistic fieldwork. For the advanced group topics will include language and culture documentation, sustainable documentation methods and phonetic fieldwork.

Presentations will be given by staff and post-graduate students from SOAS, Manchester University, Queen Mary University and Edinburgh University.


  • There is no charge to attend this event for employees and postgraduate students of publicly funded UK higher educational institutions and other institutions with a subscription to the Higher Education Academy.
  • There is a charge of £40 for employees and postgraduate students of private institutions/organisations and non-UK institutions to attend this event.
  • Please note that we reserve the right to charge a £50 cancellation fee if you do not notify us at least 48 hours beforehand that you are unable to attend.
  • Full details of our charging policy are available.

Travel bursary

A travel bursary is available for this event. Deadline for applications is the 20 November, 2009.

Programme for 4 December 2009
Time Section 1 (beginners) Section 2 (advanced)
9:30-10:00 Registration/coffee
10:00-11:00 Why and how linguists do and teach fieldwork
Peter Austin, SOAS
Documenting culture in the field
Friederike Luepke, SOAS
11:00-11:30 Tea/coffee
11:30-12:30 Remote location fieldwork
Oliver Bond, SOAS
Fieldwork and sustainable data
David Nathan, SOAS
12:30-14:00 Lunch and equipment demonstration
14:00-15.00 Sociolinguistic fieldwork
Sue Fox, QMU
Phonetic fieldwork
Bert Remijsen, Edinburgh
Word Presentation
(Word File, 3.61Mb)
View paper on website under teaching
15:00-16:00 Revitalisation and language sustainability
Julia Sallabank and Jennifer Marshall, SOAS
16:00-16:15 Tea/coffee
16:15-16:45 Final wrap-up and discussion