Basics of Field Linguistics Masterclass

Basics of Field Linguistics Masterclass April 2018

Intensive block course for graduate and postgraduate candidates

When faced with people at your field site who speak a language different from your own, how to proceed?

JCU’s Language and Culture Research Centre (LCRC) will run the highly successful Linguistic Skills for Ethnographic Research Masterclass on 5-6 April 2018 at the Cairns campus. This two-day workshop is free, and may be credited towards the elective component of RD7003 Professional Development. It has been organised by Dr Kasia Wojtylak. Invited speakers include Dr Alex Walker, Dr Luca Ciucci, and PhD students in linguistics Abe Bai Junwei and Nathan White.

The course has been designed for anthropologists and other researchers who conduct fieldwork in areas where non-written and lesser-known languages are spoken. The course introduces candidates to reasons why competency in the local language could be important to their research, and gives them introductory concrete, practical methods for language learning and linguistic documentation.

The Masterclass topics include:

  • Introduction to language, linguistics, and fieldwork research
  • Language sounds
  • Introduction to morphological analysis
  • Monolingual demonstration with speaker of non-European language
  • Understanding syntax
  • Interesting topics in linguistics
  • Ethics of linguistic fieldwork
  • Software for dictionary-building and language-analysis

Interested candidates should contact Dr Kasia Wojtylak ( by 20 March 2018.

* This is a two day workshop

CairnsDay 1: Thursday 5 April 2018
Day 2: Friday 6 April 2018
9:00am to 5:00pm
9:00am to 5:30pm
The Cairns Institute, room TBA

Registrations open 6 weeks prior to the workshop date via CareerHub.