We showed off our field-compatible language games for children at Colchester Young Children’s Festival, in collaboration with Colchester Toy Library. We have recently used the bags to collect data from Hindi-speaking children in Delhi, with Ayesha Kidwai and Benu Sharan, JNU. More about our language games on our language games website/blog: http://languagegamesforall.wordpress.com/2014/06/23/volunteering-at-colchester-young-childrens-festival-june-2014/
We are in the final stages of a survey that is aimed at fieldworking linguists who carry out experiments as part of their research and psycholinguists who carry out research outside the traditional laboratory context or study under-researched languages for which the usual psycholinguistic resources are not available. The questions focus on ethics, cross-culturally appropriate methods, and technology, three notoriously difficult things for experimental field linguists. We will use the results of this survey for teaching and research materials, publications, and improved services for our website (https://experimentalfieldlinguistics.wordpress.com/). Please help us by completing the survey and spreading the word!
survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NX3VK7K
Note: Claire Bowern has kindly made her questions from her survey for the 2010 paper in “Language” available to us and we have used some of these questions. Birgit Hellwig, Naledi Kgolo, Katrin Skoruppa, and Silke Paulman have given me lots of comments on an earlier draft of the survey. Thank you!
We keep adding new teaching materials (ethics, statistics, recording, data collection, etc.): https://experimentalfieldlinguistics.wordpress.com/teaching/
Our visitors from JNU, Delhi, have helped us judge the submissions for the 2014 Language Games Competition of the Department of Language and Linguistics, University of Essex. We are hoping that some of these games will make it to the field some time soon!
Winners in the Bag Game Category
1. Michael Bebbington
2. Katherine Youngs
3. Nina Smith
Winners in the Free Game Category
1. Hannah Siseman
2. Michael Bebbington
3. Chiara Fiori
For those of you who are interested in using language games in your cross-linguistic studies or language maintenance activities for endangered languages, this talk might be interesting.