Mark P. Line
mline at ix.netcom.com
Mon Feb 10 11:43:02 UTC 1997
Mark Donohue wrote:
> Victor Golla writes:
> >But most linguistic data gathering requires only
> >a speaker and a linguist, a comfortable venue, and time to do the
> >work. It is something every linguistics student could be required
> >to do with relatively little hassle, and even most dissertation-level
> >work could be carried out in similar circumstances.
> I for one would deny that one speaker and one linguist, without normal
> interactive society and the normal (cultural, physical) environment of
> that speaker's society, can truly represent the ideal environment in
> which to gather data.
You're so unimaginative.
The most efficient scenario, in fact, is when you even do without the one
speaker. Instead of a native informant, you use a psychic. The direct,
telepathic, brain-to-cultural-consciousness connection provides the
highest-bandwidth data collection channel possible. The only way to
improve on this methodology is to invoke the supernatural intervention of
higher beings, but this approach is still in its infancy.
(Mark P. Line ---- Bellevue, Washington ---- mline at ix.netcom.com)
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