Research Methodology in Anthropological Linguistics
Comparative Studies of Ideas and Cultures (3rd level)Modul:
Anthropology: Understanding Worldmaking Practices
Course code: 65
Year of study: Not specified
Karmen Kenda-Jež, Ph.D.
Prof. Borut Telban, Ph.D.
Workload: lectures 60 hours, seminars 30 hours
Course type: general elective
Languages: Slovene, English
Learning and teaching methods: lectures, seminars
Content (Syllabus outline)
1. Introduction to Anthropological Linguistics:
- Anthropological linguistics as an interdisciplinary science;
- Starting points of linguistic research: links with the methods of sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, ethno-linguistics, cognitive linguistics, pragmatics, discourse analysis and conversational analysis;
- Main directions of the research.
2. Research into linguistic practices:
- Linguistic practices and social communities: language/speech community, community of practice, social networks;
- The status of language varieties: prestige vs. stigmatisation; standard (written language – literary language – standard language) vs. nonstandard varieties (dialect, sociolect, ethnolect); functional differentiation of language, public and private communication; minority, local, national and world languages; language of individuals, idiolect, the mental dictionary; artificial languages;
- Multilingualism and multiculturalism: individual and community multilingualism, languages in contact, diglossia, linguistic interference, code-switching, borrowing; globalisation of communicative practices, language decline and language death;
- Linguistic ideologies: language and nationalism, language, and social/cultural disparity, language ideology and language planning – language culture, purism, linguicism.
3. Methodology of anthropological linguistic research and manifestation of language forms:
- Researcher as a participant: the impact of language and communicative competence of the researcher at the course and the results of the anthropological linguistic research;
- Research into the spoken language: observation techniques; formal, informal, spontaneous speech; recording (selection of transcription principles) and analysis of speech, interpretation of extra-linguistic elements;
- Research into written texts: literacy, written practices, textual patterns (documents, private correspondence);
- Between the oral and the written – analysis of electronic texts, written text as a conversation.
- Language documentation as a method of language maintenance and revitalisation
4. Methods of textual analysis:
- Discourse analysis: observation of discursive practices, analysing techniques; critical discourse analysis (CDA); language and power/politics/race/ethnicity/class/gender;
- Conversation analysis: dialogue as a basic form of human speech activity; structure of dialogue; theory of politeness;
- Work with language corpora: corpora as a source of anthropological-linguistic research.
5. Anthropological linguistic research and ethics:
- Protection of personal data – the individual in the community;
- Positive and negative impacts of research procedures on the community researched.
- Aikhenvald, Alexandra Y. 2015. The Art of Grammar: A Practical Guide. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Bathia, Tej K. in William C. Ritchie (ur.). 2013. The Handbook of Bilingualism and Multilingualism. Blackwell Publishing.
- Bernard, Russell H. 2011. Research Methods in Anthropology: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches. Plymouth: AltaMira Press.
- Brunn, Stanley D. in Roland Kehrein, 2020. Handbook of the Changing World Language Map. Springer. (Izbrana poglavja.) https://link.springer.com/referencework/10.1007%2F978-3-030-02438-3
- Coulmas, Florian, 2018. An Introduction to Multilingualism: Language in a Changing World. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Duranti, Alessandro (ur.). 2004. A Companion to Linguistic Anthropology. Blackwell Publishing.
- Eckert, Penelope in Sally McConnell-Ginet. 2013. Language and Gender. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Evans, Nicholas. 2009. Dying Words: Endangered Languages and What They Have to Tell Us. Chichester: Willey-Blackwell Publishing.
- Fishman, Joshua in Ofelia Garcia. 2010-2011. Handbook of Language and Ethnic Identity: 1 – Disciplinary and Regional Perspectives, 2 – The Success-Failure Continuum in Language and Ethnic Identity Efforts. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Milroy, Lesley in Mathew Gordon. 2003. Sociolinguistics: Method and Interpretation. Blackwell Publishing.
- Podesva, Robert J. in Devyani Sharma (ur.). 2013. Research Methods in Linguistics. New York: Cambridge University Press.
- Sallabank, Julia, Attitudes to Endangered Languages: Identities and Policies. 2013. New York: Cambridge University Press.
- Schilling, Natalie, Sociolinguistic Fieldwork. 2013. New York: Cambridge University Press.
- Thomason, Sarah G. 2015. Endangered Languages: An Introduction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Verschueren, Jef. 2013. Ideology in Language Use: Pragmatic Guidelines for Empirical Research. New York: Cambridge University Press.
- Wodak, Ruth in Michael Meyer (ur.). 2009. Methods of Critical Discourse Analysis. London: SAGE
Objectives and competences
In anthropological linguistics the methodological research framework is understood as a dynamic integration of (linguistic) research methods and tools. These methods and tools enable an analysis of the structure and use of language to allow insight into its social and cultural context, as well as revealing its role in setting up, maintaining and transforming social relationships within the community. This course therefore aims to present a wide selection of single methodological approaches and the opportunities for their use and integration into specific areas of anthropological linguistics. In accordance with the specific needs of the students, it presents individual research techniques and procedures, along with their appropriate or inappropriate applications on analysis of different language material.
Short written assignment (20 %), presentations (20 %), final examination (written/oral) (60 %)