Urituyacu River, Loreto, Peru

Fieldwork Forum (FForum)

Department of Linguistics
University of California, Berkeley

When?Wednesdays 11am - 12:30am
Where?1303 Dwinelle Hall
What?We are a working group dedicated to the critical examination of methodologies in language documentation, description and revitalization, as well as to the linguistic and ethnohistorical analysis that falls out from that work. Our aim is to learn from and ultimately improve upon methods for carrying out more rigorous, insightful and ethical linguistic and cultural fieldwork, and to help researchers implement those methods.
How?Fieldwork Forum is made possible through a Working Group Grant provided by the Townsend Center for the Humanities at the University of California, Berkeley.
Who?FForum is organized by Alison Zerbe and Hannah Sande. We welcome all those interested in linguistic fieldwork, with all levels of experience, including those in other departments.

Spring 2014

Oct 1Leanne Hinton
Breath of Life: Indigenous use of documentation of endangered languages
Over the last two decades, as indigenous communities have seen their languages disappear, documentation made of their languages has gained great importance to community members. Since 1996, the UC Berkeley Linguistics department has partnered with the Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival in presenting a workshop to help indigenous Californians find and utilize documentation of their languages in the rich archives on our campus. This model - the Breath of Life Language Restoration Workshop - has now spread to other places with archives of documentation of endangered languages, the biggest of these being the Breath of Life Archival Institute for Indigenous Languages, held in Washington, D.C. In this talk, Leanne Hinton and other people who have been part of Breath of Life will discuss the history and results of these workshops and institutes, and will also invite graduate students and faculty to take part in the June 2015 Institute in Washington, as mentors to the Native researchers.

Oct 8Stephanie Farmer (UC Berkeley)

Oct 15Matt Faytak (UC Berkeley)

Oct 22Christine Beier (Cabeceras Aid Project)

Oct 29Pattie Epps (UT Austin)

Nov 5Steven Bird (The University of Melbourne)

Nov 12Ken Safir (Rutgers University)

Nov 19No regular meeting
Evening GAIL meeting

Nov 26No meeting

Dec 3TBD

Sep 3Discussion Session: Field Debriefing

Sep 10Discussion Session: Field Debriefing Part 2

Sep 17No regular meeting
Evening GAIL meeting

Sep 24Andrew Garrett, Ron Sprouse, Katie Sardinha (UC Berkeley)
Using the CLA prearchive
In this presentation we re-introduce the 'prearchive' service of the California Language Archive (CLA) and discuss how the service can be integrated into the workflow of your language documentation project. One of the central ideas behind the prearchive is that language materials should be copied to secure storage and with appropriate metadata as they are produced, and that language researchers should not put off organizing and describing their materials to some indefinite point in the future. A secondary goal of the prearchive is to make the transfer of materials to full archival status in CLA (or some other archive, as appropriate) as smooth as possible. The presentation will define and differentiate prearchiving and archiving. We discuss how to organize materials into archival objects, or 'file bundles', and we also cover the types of metadata that CLA collects. All of the prearchive concepts and the user interface will be illustrated in a live demo with materials from a grad student research project.