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 an unfamiliar language. Students will carry out both collaborative group work and an individual project. A wide range of topics will be covered: the ethical and practical issues of working in the field, data collection techniques, theoretically informed analysis of the collected data, 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, use and archiving of digital audio and video data.


  1. Orientation & goals of linguistic fieldwork Workflow, metadata Ethics of fieldwork
  2. Elicitation Collecting & recording language data Transcription, translation and annotation Beyond elicitation – spontaneous speech, texts, and conversations
  3. Language data management Using software to manage data Archiving and access
  4. Collaborative fieldwork Models Language documentation
  5. Lexicography Dictionary structure Bilingual dictionaries

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.