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Getting the Story Straight: Language Fieldwork Using a Narrative Problem-Solving Task

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dc.contributor.authorSan Roque, Lilaen_US
dc.contributor.authorGawne, Laurenen_US
dc.contributor.authorHoenigman, Darjaen_US
dc.contributor.authorMiller, Julia Colleenen_US
dc.contributor.authorRumsey, Alanen_US
dc.contributor.authorSpronck, Stefen_US
dc.contributor.authorCarroll, Aliceen_US
dc.contributor.authorEvans, Nicholasen_US
dc.identifier.citationSan Roque, Lila, et al. 2012. Getting the Story Straight: Language Fieldwork Using a Narrative Problem-Solving Task. Language Documentation & Conservation 6. 135-174.en_US
dc.description.abstractWe describe a structured task for gathering enriched language data for descriptive, comparative, and documentary purposes, focusing on the domain of social cognition. The task involves collaborative narrative problem-solving and retelling by a pair or small group of language speakers, and was developed as an aid to investigating grammatical categories relevant to social cognition. The pictures set up a dramatic story in which participants can feel empathetic involvement with the characters, and trace individual motivations, mental and physical states, and points of view. The data-gathering task allows different cultural groups to imbue the pictures with their own experiences, concerns, and conventions, and stimulates the spontaneous use of previously under-recorded linguistic structures. We argue that stimulus-based elicitation tasks that are designed to stimulate a range of speech types (descriptions, dialogic interactions, narrative) within the single task contribute quantitatively and qualitatively to language documentation, and provide an important means of gathering spontaneous but broadly parallel, and thus comparable, linguistic data. [pictures used in these tasks are available here]en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipNational Foreign Language Resource Centeren_US
dc.format.extent40 pagesen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Hawai'i Pressen_US
dc.rightsCreative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives Licenseen_US
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial 3.0 United Statesen_US
dc.subjectlanguage fieldworken_US
dc.subjectnarrative tasken_US
dc.subjectstimulus-based elicitationen_US
dc.subjectlanguage documentationen_US
dc.titleGetting the Story Straight: Language Fieldwork Using a Narrative Problem-Solving Tasken_US
prism.publicationnameLanguage Documentation & Conservationen_US
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