1. Introduction


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Welcome to the webpage accompanying Chapter 1 "Collecting ethnographic and sociolinguistic data" by Daniel Schreier!

The following webpage will deal with the collection of ethnographic and sociolinguistic data. It should be seen as a supplement to Chapter 1 "Collecting ethnographic and sociolinguistic data" by Daniel Schreier. The page will feature clearly-presented, brief summaries of methods, problems and advice brought together from a variety of literature. The underlying idea is to provide the reader with a good collection of the most interesting areas described in a nutshell, without him/her having to read through hundreds of pages in half a dozen or more books. Most of the information provided will concentrate either on sociolinguistic or ethnographic linguistic data. Some topics will be dealt with more extensively, while others will only be briefly touched on or left out completely. For more detailed information pertaining to the individual topics please turn to the literature quoted in the respective sections as this page is intended to serve as a general overview. It should help to identify most problems of fieldwork and give hints as to how to mitigate them.

In the following, the interviewee will be referred to as informant. There is, however, a section here providing a list of alternative terms as some fieldworkers consider the designation "informant" inappropriate. Because sociolinguistic and ethnographic data is gathered in the field, the term fieldwork will be used for data collection in the following texts.

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