Single-event Rapid Word Collection workshops: Efficient, effective, empowering

Boerger, Brenda H.
Stutzman, Verna
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University of Hawaii Press
In this paper we describe single-event Rapid Word Collection (RWC) workshop results in 12 languages, and compare these results to fieldwork lexicons collected by other means. We show that this methodology of collecting words by semantic domain by community engagement leads to obtaining more words in less time than conventional collection methods. Factors contributing to high and low net word senses are summarized, addressed, and suggestions given for increasing effectiveness of the RWC procedures. Relevant points are illustrated in detail using a 2015 Natügu [ntu] RWC workshop in the Solomon Islands. We conclude that the advantages of the single-event RWC workshop strategy warrant recommending it as best practice in lexicographic fieldwork for minority languages.
Lexicography, community engagement, fieldwork, semantic domains
Boerger, Brenda H. & Verna Stutzman. 2018. Single-event Rapid Word Collection workshops: Efficient, effective, empowering. Language Documentation & Conservation 12. 147-193.
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