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A podcast about linguistic fieldwork, where seasoned fieldworkers share their stories from the field of language documentation & description.

Field Notes Martha Tsutsui Billins

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A podcast about linguistic fieldwork, where seasoned fieldworkers share their stories from the field of language documentation & description.

    Ep 24: Pius Akumbu on Insider Research in Babanki

    Ep 24: Pius Akumbu on Insider Research in Babanki

    This episode marks the Season Two finale with Professor Pius Akumbu, an Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Bamenda, Cameroon, and an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the University of Hamburg. His research focuses on the documentation and description of Grassfields Bantu languages of Cameroon, including his mother tongue, Babanki. Additionally, Pius researches multilingualism in Cameroon as well as language planning and policy in Africa. He is an ELDP grant recipient and a depositor at the Endangered Languages Archive. He is also a member of the KPAAM-CAM project.  Things mentioned in this episode:Babanki languageMultimedia Documentation of Babanki Ritual Speech (ELAR deposit)KPAAM-CAM projectNjem (Njyem) language Cameroonian Pidgin EnglishELDPFirebird FoundationFoundation For Endangered LanguagesEndangered Language FundPius Akumbu's websiteBabanki literacy classes and community-based language research by Pius Akumbu (2018)Episode 13: Jeff Good on Facilitating Language Documentation in Cameroon Get in touch: Website: https://fieldnotespod.comEmail: fieldnotespod@gmail.comTwitter & Instagram: @lingfieldnotesField Notes Support Page

    • 37 min
    Ep 23: Descriptive Linguistic Fieldwork with Willem de Reuse

    Ep 23: Descriptive Linguistic Fieldwork with Willem de Reuse

    This week's episode is with Willem de Reuse. Willem specializes in the description of Native American languages, particularly Siouan and Athabaskan languages. He wrote his Ph.D. dissertation on the Siberian Yupik language. He has published on morphological theory, language contact, and historical phonology and philology. He has taught at the University of Chicago, the University of Iowa, Ball State University, and the University of Arizona. His current position is at The Language Conservancy, and he also is affiliated with The University of North Texas. He is the Review Editor of the International Journal of American Linguistics, and he has written the Handbook Of Descriptive Linguistic Fieldwork (2011) with Shobhana Chelliah. He is currently conducting fieldwork in Arizona working with speakers of Apache.  Things mentioned in this episode:The Language ConservancyApache languageNavajo languageLakota languageHopi languageHän Athabaskan languageCentral Siberian Yupik languageSiouan languagesAthabaskan languagesZulu languageThe world's languages in crisis by Michael Krauss (1992)On endangered languages and the importance of linguistic diversity by Ken Hale (1998) Get in touch: Website: https://fieldnotespod.comEmail: fieldnotespod@gmail.comTwitter & Instagram: @lingfieldnotes 

    • 37 min
    Ep 22: N. Haʻalilio Solomon on Activism & Language Ideologies in ‘ōlelo Hawaiʻi

    Ep 22: N. Haʻalilio Solomon on Activism & Language Ideologies in ‘ōlelo Hawaiʻi

    Today's episode is with N. Haʻalilio Solomon, who is an Instructor at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa at Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language, where he is also a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Linguistics. Haʻalilio is also a translator for ‘ōlelo Hawaiʻi with Awaiaulu and Hoʻopulapula, and his studies involve language documentation and revitalization, as well as linguistic ideologies and attitudes surrounding ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi. He is the author of the forthcoming book chapter Rescuing Maunalua: Shifting Nomenclatures and the Reconfiguration of Space in Hawaii Kai. Things mentioned in this episode: ʻōlelo HawaiʻiKTUH radio station (Haʻalilio's show is on Sundays 3-6 pm HST)Pūnana Leo Hawaiian Cultural Renaissance Mai Loko Mai O ka ‘I‘ini: Proceeding from a Dream by William H. Wilson and Kauanoe KamanaInternational Conference on Language Documentation & Conservation (ICLDC) The Hawaiian Corpus ProjectKaipuleohone Language Archive Get in touch: Website: https://fieldnotespod.comEmail: fieldnotespod@gmail.comTwitter & Instagram: @lingfieldnotes  

    • 37 min
    Ep 21: Community-Based Documentation with Sheena Shah

    Ep 21: Community-Based Documentation with Sheena Shah

    This week's episode is with Sheena Shah, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Hamburg in Germany. She is currently working on a 2-year project documenting siPhuthi.  Sheena has conducted linguistic fieldwork on a number of languages in Southern Africa, including several indigenous click languages. Sheena’s mother tongue is Gujarati and for her Ph.D., she worked with Gujarati diaspora communities in London, Johannesburg, and Singapore. Things mentioned in this episode:siPhuthi languageN/uu languageGujarati languageN/uu readerSheena on Twitter: @DrSheenaShahASPECTS OF TONE AND VOICE IN PHUTHI (Ph.D. Dissertation by Simon Scurr Donnelly)Diversity in Academia on Instagram: @diversityinacademia Get in touch: Website: https://fieldnotespod.comEmail: fieldnotespod@gmail.comTwitter & Instagram: @lingfieldnotes

    • 40 min
    Ep 20: Andrew Harvey & Richard Griscom on Teamwork in the Field

    Ep 20: Andrew Harvey & Richard Griscom on Teamwork in the Field

    Today's episode is with Andrew Harvey and Richard Griscom from Leiden University. Andrew and Richard have just returned from their most recent field trip to Tanzania and in this episode, they discuss their current projects (documenting Gorwaa, Hadza, and Ihanzu) and teamwork in the field.Things mentioned in this episode:What if…? Imagining non-Western perspectives on pragmatic theory and practice by Felix Ameka & Maria Terkourafi   Gorwaa languageHadza languageDatooga languageIhanzu languageFirebird FoundationEndangered Languages Documentation Programme Water filterThe Rift Valley Research NetworkThe Gorwaa Noun Phrase: Toward a Description of the Gorwaa Language (Andrew's ELAR deposit)Documentation of Isimjeeg Datooga (Richard's ELAR deposit)Andrew's website      Richard's website     Andrew on Twitter: @andrewdtharveyRichard's Twitter: @richardgriscom Get in touch: Website: https://fieldnotespod.comEmail: fieldnotespod@gmail.comTwitter & Instagram: @lingfieldnotes

    • 38 min
    Ep 19: Dreamtime Narratives & Language Sustainability with Dorothea Hoffmann

    Ep 19: Dreamtime Narratives & Language Sustainability with Dorothea Hoffmann

    Today’s episode is with Dorothea Hoffmann, a documentary linguist who has worked in remote parts of Northern Australia with speakers of MalakMalak, Jaminjung, and Kriol. In North America, she has been involved in language revitalization projects for the Acoma, Ute, Stoney Nakoda, Ho-Chunk and Cowlitz tribes, and First Nations. She is affiliated with the University of Oregon as an Honorary Research Associate and also works as a Linguistic Project Manager for The Language Conservancy. In addition to her linguistic research, Dorothea also is one half of the team that runs a venture called 180forward – an eco-tourism and education business based in New Mexico and the Pacific Northwest.In this episode, we discuss how as researchers we should be striving not only to help sustain the languages we work with but to go further and aim for regeneration and to help empower and create new speakers. Doro also explains a bit about Dreamtime narratives in MalakMalak, which are traditional creation stories which, among other things, connect speakers to not only their language but also the land.Things mentioned in this episode:MalakMalak language Matngala languageJaminjung language (Ngaliwurru)Kriol languageLanguage in Time and SpaceDorothea’s websiteThe Language ConservancyDreamtimeSpatial Language Get in touch: Website: https://fieldnotespod.comEmail: fieldnotespod@gmail.comTwitter & Instagram: @lingfieldnotes

    • 46 min

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