Thisweek’s episode is with Miroslav Valeš, who has a Ph.D. in Spanish Philology from Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Republic and is currently Head of the Department of Romance Languages at the Technical University of Liberec, Czech Republic. In this interview, Miroslav discusses his long and varied fieldwork career, including his experiences working with the Lakhota (USA), Shuar (Ecuador) and A Fala (Spain) communities.
There is some sensitive material discussed in this interview, including traditional practices that some people may find disturbing.
Thank you to everyone who listened, followed and subscribed to Field Notes during our inaugural season (special shoutout to listeners who sent in questions for our Q&A episodes 9 & 10!). Season 2 will be announced on the Field Notes website (here) and on social media (Instagram and Twitter), @lingfieldnotes
This week’s episode is with Alex Garcia (University of Barcelona). Alex works with the Northern Alta Community in the Philippines. In this episode, Alex discusses how he started working with speakers of Nothern Alta, and how he learned Northern Alta in order to conduct monolingual fieldwork.
Today’s episode is part two of our Q&A episode with Vera Ferreira (CIDLeS & ELDP) & Hugo Cardoso (University of Lisbon). In this episode, we discuss questions from listeners such as “How can fieldworkers deal with the often tragic and uncomfortable circumstances in the field?”, “How can we reduce our environmental impact in the field?” and “How to deal with difficult recording situations”. Just a reminder, the responses to these questions are based on our own experiences in the field and do not necessarily reflect best practice (i.e., your mileage may vary).
Today’s episode is with Vera Ferreira (CIDLeS & ELDP) & Hugo Cardoso (University of Lisbon). In this episode, I sat down with Hugo and Vera to discuss questions sent in from listeners, such as “How can collected data be shared in a meaningful way with communities”, “What do researchers prioritise during their documentation projects?” We also tried to name the best thing we’ve each eaten in the field (it wasn’t easy).
This week’s episode is with Lauren Gawne who does fieldwork in Nepal working with speakers of Yolmo and Syuba. Lauren has experience as both a successful grant applicant and as a grant committee assessor. In this episode, she shares her advice for navigating applying for funding in an overly-competitive and under-resourced environment. One of the essential points Lauren makes is that struggling to find funding doesn’t necessarily reflect on the quality of your work or your project, or your commitment to the community you’re working with. In this episode, Lauren shares how she has funded her work and her advice to researchers looking to apply for fieldwork funding. Also, read the instructions.
This episode is with Andrew Harvey, who is a documentary linguist working with speakers of two previously un-documented languages, Ihanzu and Gorwaa (Tanzania). Andrew discusses his research, the seredipitous beginning to his work with the Gorwaa community, and how community collaboration has impacted the documentation and description of Ihanzu and Gorwaa.
This week’s episode is with insider researcher Madoka Hammine, who is a PhD student at University of Lapland in Finland. Madoka works on her heritage language, Yaeyama (Ryukyuan), as both a linguist and a language activist. Her PhD project is entitled: “embracing multilingualism in education”, based on her fieldwork in both in Finland and Miyara village (Ishigaki, Japan).
This episode is with insider researcher Khairunnisa, who is a PhD student at University of Hawai’i researching variation and politeness strategies in her own language, Sasak (Lombok, eastern Indonesia). Khairunnisa is a recipient of the prestigious Fulbright Fellowshipm and has a Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics from IKIP Mataram. In this episode, Khairunnisa discusses how working as an insider researcher influences her research methods, and how she manages the challenges of adhering to expected societal norms in her own community.