Lolke van der Veen
University of Lyon
Language Consultant and Assistant:
Pither Medjo Mvé
Omar Bongo University, Libreville
Monday 5 July 2010
Tuesday 6 July 2010
Wednesday 7 July 2010
Thursday 8 July 2010
Friday 9 July 2010
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Theory and Practice of Data Collection for Phonological Analysis
This course will address both theoretical and practical aspects of data elicitation and management in connection with beginning and ongoing phonological analysis. Specific issues will be:
- Working with language consultants (normally, more than one!)
- Elicitation skills and techniques (types of elicitation, types of questionnaires; do’s and don’ts; etc.)
- How to conduct a phonological inquiry
- Eliciting data for phonological analysis (use of word lists; use of data notebook(s), etc.)
- Transcribing segments and prosodic features (in particular tone, both in isolation and in tone frames)
- Data management and analysis (use of data notebook, available computer software and its limits, interpreting and handling sound structures, role of morphology, etc.)
- Good quality recordings and acoustic analysis as tools for sound phonetic and phonological analysis
- Role of linguistic typology
Elicitation sessions on Fang (Bantu A75; Gabon, Cameroon, Republic of Congo), i.e. language sessions with the language consultant using the longer (i.e. 207 entries) Swadesh word list, will alternate with sessions following a lecture/discussion format. The elicited data will be supplemented by additional data (corpora) from the same language to formulate and check hypotheses.
NB. This is a basic and intermediate course, but participants will need a good mastery of articulatory (and possibly, acoustic) phonetics and phonetic transcription. Please see preliminary readings below. The course will be taught in English, with French translation available, if necessary.
- Himmelmann, Nikolaus and Ladd, D. Ladd. 2008. Prosodic description: an Introduction for Fieldworkers. Language Documentation & Conservation. Vol. 2 (2) (December 2008), pp. 244-274.
[Freely downloadable here].
- Vaux, Bert and Justin Cooper. 1999. Introduction to Linguistic Field Methods. Lincom Europa. [General principles and parts related to Phonetics/Phonology.]