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From comparative descriptive linguistic fieldwork to documentary linguistic fieldwork in Ghana

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Title:From comparative descriptive linguistic fieldwork to documentary linguistic fieldwork in Ghana
Authors:Ameka, Felix
Keywords:insider fieldwork
insider-outsider fieldwork
outsider fieldwork
Ghana
Date Issued:01 Dec 2018
Publisher:University of Hawai'i Press
Citation:Ameka, Felix. 2018. From comparative descriptive linguistic fieldwork to documentary linguistic fieldwork in Ghana. In McDonnell, Bradley, Andrea L. Berez-Kroeker, and Gary Holton. (Eds.) Reflections on Language Documentation 20 Years after Himmelmann 1998. Language Documentation & Conservation Special Publication no. 15. [PP 224-239] Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press.
Series:LD&C Special Publication
Abstract:This paper surveys linguistic fieldwork practices in Ghana from the earliest times to the documentary linguistic era. It demonstrates that the most profound effect of the documentary linguistic turn in the language sciences on fieldwork in Ghana is in the rise of "insider" and "insider-outsider" field-working linguists. This goes against the definition of prototypical fieldwork as something done by remote outsiders. The challenges and opportunities of this development are reflected upon. It is argued that relevant fieldwork methodologies should be further developed taking the emerging features of different "insider" practices into account. Moreover, it is hoped that characterizations of documentary linguistic fieldwork would move beyond the outsider and accommodate the different types of "insider" fieldworkers.
URI/DOI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/24824
ISBN:978-0-9973295-3-7
Rights:Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike License
Appears in Collections: LD&C Special Publication No. 15: Reflections on Language Documentation 20 Years After Himmelmann 1998


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