Links

Below is a non-exhaustive collection of links to linguistics and fieldwork tools I’ve found useful. This list will be updated sporadically.

Elicitation

Typological tools for field linguistics – very nice collection of a variety of questionnaires, stimulus kits, and other useful materials, hosted by the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.

L&C Field Manuals and Stimulus Materials – another great compendium of useful field materials, this one by the Language and Cognition Department, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics.

Totem Field Storyboards – I love this tool for collecting free-discourse-like but highly comparable data on particular constructions and phenomena. Fun for speakers and linguists alike, and frequently more effective and interesting than direct elicitation (which I also believe in and employ).

Transcription

oTranscribe – a simple online tool for doing basic time-aligned transcriptions of texts. For me, the main advantage to this tool is that it is easy to use and requires almost no training, and it has been helpful for collaborating on transcriptions with language consultants. Interoperability with more sophisticated tools (e.g. ELANPraat) is basic but could probably be improved with some simple scripts.

Analysis

Dative – GUI interface for the OLD (Online Linguistic Database). Takes some setup, and some programming skills seem to be necessary to exploit its full functionality, but even the basic functions are outstanding for management of linguistic data, collaboration, and use by field methods classes. While FLEx is brilliant for creating dictionaries and working with grammars and texts, Dative is useful for investigating particular phenomena. Major plusses: allows for marking things like grammaticality judgments; great search functionality.

General

Methodologies in Semantic Fieldwork – a 2015 volume edited by M. Ryan Bochnak and Lisa Matthewson. A great collection of useful and insightful papers on state-of-the-art methodologies for collecting semantic information on a variety of topics. I’ve found most of the chapters directly relevant to my work.