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What academic journals exist for linguistic fieldwork?

asked 2017-10-09 17:13:13 -0500

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I am want to get access to descriptive materials on a variety of languages. Other than reference grammars (which are hard to come by), are there journals which publish purely descriptive analyses (no formal theories)?

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answered 2017-10-14 06:33:34 -0500

StevenPBlack gravatar image

The premise of this question is problematic. Description involves focusing on certain aspects of language and not on others and so necessarily involves theory. E.g. describing morpho-syntax includes the theory that word order conveys meaning, and that there are certain word orders that would not convey meaning appropriately in a given language. It also includes the theory that one can describe language without direct analysis of social, cultural, or communicative context.

That said, if you are looking for journals that just publish descriptions of phonology, morphology, syntax, et cetera, i am unaware of these. I usually would look at books and edited volumes to get this information, and it usually is accompanied by discussion of theory.

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