Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, the student will be able to:

Unit Description

This unit introduces students to gathering, organising and analysing linguistic data through direct work with a speaker of different language to the student. Students will carry out both collaborative group work and an individual project. A range of topics will be covered: the ethical and practical issues of working in the field, data collection techniques, data analysis and archiving. The aim is to document and analyse linguistic data by learning about tools and techniques for eliciting, recording, transcribing, archiving and presenting linguistic material, including the creation and use of digital audio and video data.


Orientation & goals of linguistic fieldwork

Workflow, language data management

Ethics of fieldwork

Collecting & recording language data

Transcription, translation and annotation

Beyond elicitation – spontaneous speech, texts, and conversations

Collaborative fieldwork

Language documentation

Dictionary making

Unit offerings

SILA: (Demand based)

Please note

The Unit Offerings listed above are a guide only and the timetable for any year is the final authority. The College may vary offerings based on demand, regulatory requirements, continual improvement processes or other conditions.

This unit may be available in different modes of delivery i.e. online and face-to-face as listed above. The unit content will not differ between these modes of delivery. There will possibly be a difference in the schedule and/or the prescribed assessment tasks, however both will cover and assess the same content.