Native Languages of the Southwest at UT Arlington
From the 2012 Oklahoma Breath of Life Workshop; the Alabama group, with UT Arlington Linguistics &Student Lori McLain Pierce

Department of Linguistics & TESOL | The University of Texas at Arlington

CoLang 2014: Institute on Collaborative Language Research



Introduction to Rapid Word Collection


Monday, June 23 8:30-10:30 am
This session introduces students to the protocols of “Rapid Word Collection,” as it has been practiced effectively in the field. The classic objection to using a wordlist to collect words is that the results are translated, rather than naturally generated. The problem with a text-based approach is that it takes a long time to accumulate a large number of words. Rapid Word Collection, on the other hand, is both fast and natural. By using groups of speakers working with semantic domains, thousands of words can be collected over a two-week period. These can then be processed to form the core of a dictionary that is inevitably richer than those compiled using other methods of word elicitation.


Verna Stutzman - Click here to view her biography.