The next Fieldwork Lab meeting will be January 28th, 2021, at 4:00pm. James Crippen will be giving a talk about morphosyntactic and semantic elicitation. Contact Carol-Rose Little if you would like to attend and do not have the zoom link.


I will talk informally about the art and craft of morphosyntactic and semantic elicitation based on my academic traditions and personal experience. I will address some background ideologies of elicitation and basic practices as well as common errors and pitfalls. I will then talk a bit about elicitation of highly context-dependent phenomena including aspect and information structure. I emphasise the needs for advanced preparation, clear and explicit communication about tasks with consultants, and the need for flexibility and improvisation.