Methodologies in Semantic Fieldwork by M. Ryan BochnakMethodologies in Semantic Fieldwork by M. Ryan Bochnak

Methodologies in Semantic Fieldwork

EditorM. Ryan Bochnak, Lisa Matthewson

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This volume discusses methodological issues in conducting elicitation on semantic topics in a fieldwork situation. In twelve chapters discussing 11 language families from four continents, authors draw on their own fieldwork experience, pairing explicit methodological proposals with concreteexamples of their use in the field. Several chapters cover issues specific to semantic topics such as modality, comparison, tense and aspect, and definiteness, while others focus on elicitation techniques more generally, addressing methodological issues such as the creation of elicitation plans, thechoice of language in which to conduct elicitation, and the status of translation tasks. Together, the chapters of this volume demonstrate that elicitation on semantic topics, when conducted following sound methodologies, can and does produce reliable results. Given the high number of languages currently classified as endangered, conducting one-on-one fieldwork with native speakerconsultants is critical for gathering new empirical findings that bear on linguistic theory.

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M. Ryan Bochnak is a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley. His dissertation, "Cross-linguistic Variation in the Semantics of Comparatives," investigated the semantics of comparative constructions in Washo (isolate/Hokan) and Luganda (Bantu...

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Title:Methodologies in Semantic FieldworkFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9.41 × 6.42 × 1.3 inPublished:February 19, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

M. Ryan Bochnak and Lisa Matthewson: IntroductionPart 1: General Overview of Elicitation Techniques1. Jurgen Bohnemeyer: A practical epistemology for semantic elicitation in the field and elsewhere2. Meagan louie: The Problem with No-Nonsense Elicitation Plans (for semantic fieldwork)Part 2: Techniques for Particular Semantic Domains3. Leora Bar-el: Documenting and Classifying Aspectual Classes Across Languages4. M. Ryan Bochnak and Elizabeth Bogal-Allbritten: Investigating gradable predicates, comparison, and degree constructions in underrepresented languages5. Strang Burton and Lisa Matthewson: Targeted construction storyboards in semantic fieldwork6. Amy Rose Deal: Reasoning about equivalence in semantic fieldwork7. Carrie Gillon: Investigating D in Languages With and Without ArticlesPart 3: Using Language-Internal Evidence to Guide Semantic Fieldwork8. Scott AnderBois and Robert Henderson: Linguistically establishing discourse context: two case studies from Mayan languages9. Rebecca T. Cover: Semantic fieldwork on TAM10. Andrew McKenzie: Deriving topic effects in Kiowa with semantics and pragmatics11. Sarah E. Murray: Reciprocity in Fieldwork and Theory12. Rebecca Cover and Judith Tonhauser: Theories of meaning in the field: Temporal and aspectual reference