Teresa E O'Neill

May 2016

Linguistics people: Take this class, though I can't guarantee you'll like it. This class is an acquired taste. We had a native speaker of a rare language come in and each student ran two elicitation sessions throughout the semester where each of us found ways to figure out the phonology, grammar, lexicon, etc. of said language. Each of us were also responsible for doing recordings, working in PRAAT, and taking notes on an elicitation. Maybe you won't like fieldwork. Some didn't. But you're cheating yourself if you don't try it out. This was a prime opportunity to see how fieldwork works, as both the professor and native speaker were really excellent at their roles. This class is pretty worth it to get a taste of fieldwork. Also, know your IPA chart cold.