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Academic Year 2024Year School/Graduate School School of Integrated Arts and Sciences Department of Integrated Arts and Sciences
Lecture Code AHL30001 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name 言語フィールドワーク
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Linguistic Fieldwork
オオシマ ヒロミ
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 2nd-Year,  Second Semester,  3Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (3T) Tues3-6:IAS K109
Lesson Style Seminar Lesson Style
(More Details)
Lecture, seminar, using the blackboard extensively, discussions 
Credits 2.0 Class Hours/Week   Language of Instruction B : Japanese/English
Course Level 2 : Undergraduate Low-Intermediate
Course Area(Area) 23 : Arts and Humanities
Course Area(Discipline) 06 : Linguistics
Eligible Students Undergraduate students (from sophomore to senior year)
Keywords Fieldwork, speech, phonology, IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet), tone languages 
Special Subject for Teacher Education   Special Subject  
Class Status
within Educational
(Applicable only to targeted subjects for undergraduate students)
The purpose of this class is to learn the foundational methods of fieldwork, which are crucial for understanding the structure and evolution of language. 
Criterion referenced
(Applicable only to targeted subjects for undergraduate students)
Integrated Arts and Sciences
(Knowledge and Understanding)
・Knowledge and understanding of the importance and characteristics of each discipline and basic theoretical framework.
(Abilities and Skills)
・The ability and skills to collect and analyze necessary literature or data among various sources of information on individual academic disciplines.
(Comprehensive Abilities)
・The ability to conduct research proactively by combining knowledge,  understanding, and skills for the tasks, based on flexible creativity and imagination. 
Class Objectives
/Class Outline
・The ability to transcribe unfamiliar languages heard for the first time through language investigation methods will be acquired.
・Methods to analyze languages through language fieldwork will be learned.
・Understanding of the mechanics of phonetics will be attained. 
Class Schedule Lesson 1: Orientation, Purposes of Linguistic Survey / Phonology and Phonetics for Linguistic Survey 1 (IPA)
Lesson 2: Phonology and Phonetics for Linguistic Survey 2 (IPA)
Lesson 3: Phonology and Phonetics for Linguistic Survey 3 (IPA)
Lesson 4: Phonology and Phonetics for Linguistic Survey 4 (IPA)
Lesson 5: Phonology and Phonetics for Linguistic Survey 5 (IPA) / The Method of Vocabulary and Grammar Survey
Lesson 6: Phonemic Analysis / The Preparation for Linguistic Survey
Lesson 7: Practice of Linguistic Survey 1 (Non-Tonal Language)
Lesson 8: Practice of Linguistic Survey 2 (Non-Tonal Language)
Lesson 9: Practice of Linguistic Survey 3 (Non-Tonal Language)
Lesson 10: Review of "Practice of Linguistic Survey" (Non-tonal Language) / What is Tonal Language? / Phonology and Phonetics of Tone Languages 1  
Lesson 11: Phonology and Phonetics of Tone Languages 2 / The Method of Survey of Tone Languages / Practice in Investigating Tone languages 1
Lesson 12: Practice in Investigating Tone Languages 2
Lesson 13: Application of Tonal Language Investigation 1
Lesson 14: Application of Tonal Language Investigation 2
Lesson 15: Application of Tonal Language Investigation 3/ Summary and Discussion on Students' Linguistic Surveys

Submission of reports

A survey of non-tonal language will be conducted in the first half of the class, and a survey of tonal languages (excluding Beijing dialect) will be conducted in the second half. 
・Newman, P. & Ratliff, M. 2001. Linguistic Fieldwork. Cambridge University Press.
・Institute of Linguistics of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.  Fangyan Diaocha Zibiao (revised edition). The commercial Press
・Pullum, G.K. & Ladusaw, W. 1996. Phonetic Symbol Guide. University Of Chicago Press.
・Sumio Saito. 2006. Japanese Phonetic Primer(revised edition). Tokyo:Sanseido
・Everett, Daniel. 2009. Don't Sleep, There are Snakes. London:Profile Books  
PC or AV used in
(More Details) PC, mirror 
Learning techniques to be incorporated  
Suggestions on
Preparation and
Please review how to write and articulate IPA (the International Phonetic Alphabet) sounds.
Students need to read the reference books and papers instructed during the class, and collect the necessary data for the preparation of investigation. 
Requirements The language survey will be conducted in the classroom. It is open to students who have not studied Chinese before. It is desirable for students to have taken courses in linguistics, English pronunciation practice, phonetics, and phonology. Students try not to miss any classes, because they will have difficulty keeping up with the content after next class, If they miss a class. 
Grading Method The overall evaluation will be based on the approach to the assignments and the reports in class. Grading is based on 50% class participation and 50% report submission. 
Practical Experience  
Summary of Practical Experience and Class Contents based on it  
Message In class, students will transcribe unfamiliar languages using IPA, and they will be able to enjoy the excitement of language research by listening and writing down words in front of informants. There should be new discoveries different from the language knowledge obtained from books. Students may casually listen to their native languages (dialects) or familiar languages (such as Hiroshima dialect), or words that they hear on TV or radio. By observing words carefully, not only can students develop their language observation skills, but they will also become more interested in language itself. The research subjects were Madurese Pamekesan Dialect and Lanxi Dialect, Zhejiang Province, China, last year. 
Other The class format is in-person, however online classes using Zoom or Teams will be conducted, depending on the virus infection situation. Students are required to attend the first class because an introduction to phonetics and fieldwork, as well as an explanation of the preparations for the subsequent classes will be conducted at the orientation.  
Please fill in the class improvement questionnaire which is carried out on all classes.
Instructors will reflect on your feedback and utilize the information for improving their teaching. 
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