Field Methods in Descriptive Linguistics I

Introduction to general issues in language field work and to issues specific to working with little studied and/or endangered languages in particular. Focus on introduction to writing systems, making recordings, computers and transcriptions, planning consultant sessions, working with consultants, interviewing, and ethics in the field.

The UAF MA Program in Applied Linguistics provides students with training in applied linguistics, broadly defined to include second language teaching, curriculum and materials development, documentary linguistics, and language policy and planning.

The Linguistics Program is highly interdisciplinary in nature, drawing on faculty expertise in the Alaska Native Language Program, the Department of Anthropology, the Department of English, the School of Education, and the Department of Foreign Languages.

Students in the Linguistics Program work closely with faculty engaged in primary research to develop linguistic applications relevant to Alaska and beyond. Projects include making transcriptions of familiar language, and later, working on an unfamiliar language with a language consultant, selecting and carrying out a well- defined project, resulting in a term paper. 


UAF Course number: LING F631 / LING F431

LING F627 or permission of instructor


*Note on UAF Course Coding*

ABCD - Departments/Schools/Colleges are indicated by the first 3-4 letters of the code
F - Fairbanks Campus
123 - Academic level is indicated by the number following the letters.

Undergraduate Level: 100 - 400
Graduate Level : 500 - 600

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Course details

Academic level(s)Bachelor, Master
CountryUnited States
Language of instructionEnglish
InstitutionUniversity of Alaska Fairbanks
Begin date-
End date-
Registration deadline-
ECTS credits3.0
Field schoolNo
Fields of studyBasic/broad, general programmes
Teaching placeFairbanks, Alaska
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