Language Documentation Courses in Oregon

The University of Oregon Department of Linguistics and the Northwest Indian Language Institute (NILI) announce the 2007 session in Language Documentation June 25 – July 20 2007, Eugene, Oregon

As documenting languages takes on greater importance, there is a growing need for well-trained fieldworkers who are prepared to collaborate with community members. There are few places where students can gain practical, hands-on experience. The UO Linguistics Department focuses on lesser-known languages and empirical work. NILI has a ten-year history of working with tribes, communities and endangered languages. We look forward to having you join us!

Offered courses:

LING 410/510 — Language Documentation Methods (4 credits) CRN 42078/42079
This course gives fieldworkers an overview of current language documentation practices.
Topics include: audio and video equipment selection and use; data collection and processing; data management; archiving and access issues; “best practices.”

LING 408/508 — Language Documentation Lab (2 credits) CRN 42074/42075
In this hands-on lab, students put documentation methods into practice.

LING 407/507 — Curriculum Design and Development (2 credits) CRN 42072/42073
Students will learn how to produce useable teaching materials from documented speech (in written, audio and video forms). Basic elements of curriculum design and lesson planning will be taught. Please note that if you are a UO Linguistics undergraduate and want to use this course to fulfill the proseminar requirement, you must sign up for 2 additional 405 credits and complete a substantive research paper. Make arrangements for this with the instructor on the first day of class.

LING 408/508 – Topics in Documentary Linguistics (1 credit) CRN 42076/42077
This course covers essential topics for fieldworkers– Field Phonetics: how to collect and analyze phonetic and phonological data. Ethical Issues in Field Work: fieldworker responsibilities to communities and individuals. Grammar and Dictionary Writing: the how-tos of writing a grammar and dictionary useful for multiple audiences. Methods for Field Research: working with speakers to collect the best data possible.

Students should have completed at least introductory work in Linguistics. The four offered classes are designed to be taken together but may also be taken individually.

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