Introduction to Fieldwork

From elicitation to ELAN

Collecting linguistic data from face-to-face interactions is becoming ever easier with modern technology. This workshop will introduce participants to the basics of fieldwork and data analysis in ELAN (ELAN 6.2 2021). On Day One, participants will be challenged to think about the nature of data and data collection, as well as the ethics and problems involved in the processes of fieldwork and archiving. They will then try out different methods of data collection with their fellow peers, such as paradigm elicitation, questionnaires, and picture and video tasks. On Day Two, participants will use one of their own recordings for further analysis in ELAN. They will be introduced to the concept of the “transcription bottleneck” and learn how to use ELAN in smart ways to segment, transcribe, translate, and annotate their data in less time. At the end of the workshop, participants will be given the chance to contribute their recordings and annotations to an archive for preservation.


Day 1

Day 2

Additional Resources

Workshop Resources

Homework Instructions: .pdf

Informed Consent Form: .pdf .docx

Archive: TBA


Boy Who Cried Wolf

The Little Match Girl

The North Wind and the Sun

The Pied Piper of Hamelin

The Princess and the Pea

Previous Versions of Slides


Introduction to course

What is fieldwork?

What data to collect?

Practical: Creating a data management plan

Going to the field

What is elicitation?

Planning a session

Practical: Field practice

Introduction to homework


Analysing field data

Introduction to ELAN

Practical: Analysing your data in ELAN

What have you learned?

Final remarks
Naomi Peck
Naomi Peck
PhD Student; Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin

PhD linguist who is interested in how units are formed, wherever they are found in language.