Posted by: Piers Kelly | August 3, 2009

Some things we talked about

The graduate students have a separate workshop-style tutorial that is held on four occasions throughout the semester. The first was today and there were a few things we talked about that I think are worth sharing with the other blog readers, posters and commenters:

  • Collecting field data about language and interpreting that data are two separate processes that require different skills. An entertaining case study is the story of the linguist Carl von Brandenstein’s contribution to Australian linguistics, written up by Nick Thieberger here (you’ll need to download the doc).
  • Maya came across a column entry by Mark Parton in City News that compares interestingly to her recent post.
  • A good source of inspiration for blog posts is Language Log. Even though none of regular contributors has a predominantly sociolinguistic background they all post on topics concerning the relationship between language and society.

To find other language blogs, get onto Language Log, look for the ‘Blogroll’ link in the sidebar and click on the ‘+/-‘ sign. Popular blogs are Language Hat, A Roguish Chrestomathy and Tenser said the Tensor.

Australian language blogs include Anggargoon, Langguj Gel and Mattjin-nehen (note that these are mostly on the topic of Australian languages and fieldwork).

There are so many language blogs out there that there’s no point persevering with one if it ends up not being your cup of tea. Choose another. And it goes without saying that there is plenty of rubbish on the internet too – use your newly attuned analytical skills to weed it out.

By the way, if anyone puts a comment on another blog or has found a blog they like, please email me the link (as long as you’re happy to share it!).


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