This book is a fantastic and thorough guide to doing linguistic fieldwork it should be the guiding text in all field methods courses her strategy for eliciting semantic and syntactic data is second to none im not really sure why other reviewers describe it as mentioning outdated technology. In linguistics and linguistic anthropology and to students in field methods classes although elicitation strategies and data processing are the focus of a field methods class in the field there are many more skills needed than just data collection and it may well be that linguistics is the least of the fieldworkers worries. This is a practical guide to all aspects of linguistic fieldwork it not only discusses techniques for working on the phonetics phonology morphology syntax and discourse of an undescribed language but also considers field technology grant application preparation ethical research methods and. Published introductions to linguistic fieldwork vary in their focus on practical issues interpersonal relationships or the methodology of linguistic elicitation some of which are also relevant . Fieldwork culminating in a descriptively based grammar has long been considered an apprenticeship for a life in linguistics dixon 1997 samarin 19678 this book is designed both for students taking a field methods class and for those undertaking fieldwork in a community other than their own
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