particular incidents while recordings

mostari hind hmostari at
Tue Jan 6 17:48:46 UTC 2009

Hi Damien , 
many thanks for your answer . Inded, I don't have the Labov's article, could you send it as soon as possible 
best regards 
--- On Tue, 1/6/09, Damien Hall <djh514 at> wrote:

From: Damien Hall <djh514 at>
Subject: Re: particular incidents while recordings
To: lgpolicy-list at
Date: Tuesday, January 6, 2009, 2:43 PM

Dear Mostari

Unfortunately, most sociolinguistic projects have some amount of problems
similar to the ones you describe with your fieldwork! There's a good
tradition of work on how to get around these problems: ways to ensure good
recordings, ways to get informants to talk, etc etc. (Unfortunately, again,
there's no accepted solution to the problem of people being late; you just
have to try to predict the people who you think might be late and deal with it
accordingly ...!) Ways to get people to talk include using 'interview
modules' (planned sets of questions and directions for conversation,
designed for specific studies and intended to deal with topics of interest).

A short and very good summary of ways to do this is in the following book:

Tagliamonte, Sali. 2006. _Analyzing Sociolinguistic Variation_.

(The book was published by either Oxford University Press or Cambridge
University Press; I can't remember right now.)

I would recommend that you look at that book if you can. A good short article
on fieldwork techniques is Labov (1981) _Field Methods of the Philadelphia
Language Change and Variation Project_; if you can't get hold of the
Tagliamonte book, I could send you a copy of the Labov article in PDF.

Best wishes

Damien Hall

-- Damien Hall

University of York
Department of Language and Linguistic Science
York YO10 5DD

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