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



Semantic/Pragmatic Documentation


Friday, June 20 1:00-3:00 pm

The field linguist has many tools at her disposal for documenting the features of a language. We are well equipped to ask ‘what is a phoneme in this language?’ or ‘what is a root, stem, or affix in this language?’ etc. However, the documentation of meaning of utterances or the parts of utterances presents its own unique challenges - especially when it comes to documenting meaning that is is not readily accessible through direct elicitation. For example, imagine asking your language consultant ‘how do you say ‘might’ in your language?’ Here, too, we have a number of guiding principles and diagnostics for probing language meaning. Using evidentiality and modality as an example this two-hour workshop will acquaint you with the semantic and pragmatic tools that can be readily applied to other documenting kinds of meaning.


Tyler Peterson - Click here to view his biography.