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Methodologies in Semantic Fieldwork$
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M. Ryan Bochnak and Lisa Matthewson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190212339

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190212339.001.0001

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Targeted Construction Storyboards in Semantic Fieldwork

Targeted Construction Storyboards in Semantic Fieldwork

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Methodologies in Semantic Fieldwork

Strang Burton

Lisa Matthewson

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes, illustrates, and advocates for the targeted construction storyboard methodology for semantic fieldwork. Storyboards are pictorial representations of stories, which consultants are asked to tell in their own words. The criterial property of targeted construction storyboards is that the story is designed to include at least one targeted context that can be used to test hypotheses about the relation between linguistic forms and that context. The storyboards thus combine the advantages of spontaneous speech with the benefit of being able to test hypotheses about particular linguistic elements or constructions. The storyboard methodology is illustrated using data from Gitksan (Tsimshianic), St’át’imcets (Salish) and Blackfoot (Algonquian).

Keywords:   semantics, modality, storyboards, Salish, Tsimshianic

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