Linguistic Field Methods

This course will introduce students to basic phonetic field method techniques. We will work with a native speaker of an under-documented West African language, and we will use these techniques to describe the segmental contrasts found in the language. We will cover acoustic recording techniques, methods for investigation of place of articulation (lip video, static palatography and ultrasound recordings), as well as spectrographic measurements of ATR vowel contrasts, Airstream contrasts (e.g. Ejectives and Implosives) and multiply articulated segments (e.g. Labial-velars and labialized segments) that are commonly in found in West African languages. Time permitting, we may also briefly investigate prosodic contrasts in the language.