Field-Methods

 

‘Field-methods’ has always been a compulsory component for the degree of M.A. in the Department Linguistics, University of Delhi. I joined the Department in December, 2000. Since, I did have the required training in field-linguistics in JNU as well as at the UT, Austin, USA, I was asked to be associated with the course right after my joining the Department in 2000. In fact, we had two papers in ‘Field-Methods’ from 2001 to 2009 and they were named as L-9 and L-10. L-9 was designed to impart the basic and descriptive knowledge of writing descriptive grammar to students and L-10 was given in the form of a small topic of a lesser known language of India to the students to work on structural nuances and dependencies and provide a theoretical or comparative account of the individual topic that they either select themselves or are given by the teachers. The M.A. field-dissertation was also examined by an external examiner (outside the University) and the average of the external and the internal evaluation will finally be awarded to the students. I liked the system as it had the component of objectivity, and the researchers of other University had a chance to know the kind of research the Department was undertaking. Prof. K. V. Subbarao, till he worked in the Department i.e. 2006, was always associated with me, (rather he allowed me to grow under his guidance) and later Dr. Gail Choelho in the year 2009-2010 was also associated with the course during my stay at the Department.

The list below gives the detail of the field-work(s) that I carried out from 2001 to 2012, barring a year when I was on Extra-ordinary leave during my visit to South Korea.

 

Field-work at the Department of Linguistics, University of Delhi.

 

1. Field-work 2001: The field-work was conducted on 'HO'.

2. Field-work 2002: The field-work was conducted on Kokborok language.

3. Field-work 2003: The field-work was conducted on Bodo language.

4. Field-work 2004: The field-work was conducted on Bhallawari Bhasha.

5. Field-work 2005: The field-work was conducted on Tulu language.

6. Field-work 2006: The field-work was conducted on Kinnauri language.

7. Field-work 2007: The field-work was conducted on Kangri language.

8. Field-work 2009-10: The Field-work was conducted on Sadari language.

9. Field-work 2010-11: The Field-work conducted on Mirzapuri language.

10. Field-work 2012: The Field-work was conducted on Awadhi language.

 

Field-work in the Centre for Linguistics, JNU, New Delhi:

After I joined JNU as professor of Linguistics in 2013, I have been given the 'Field-Methods' to carry forward. I remember the course being compulsory one during my student days, however, the course, at present, is not a compulsory component and it is not evaluated by any external examiner. The course is supported with better financial help from the administration of JNU to conduct the field-work in remote areas of the country.

Field-work in the Centre for Linguistics, JNU, New Delhi:

1. Field-work 2014-2015: The field-work has been conducted on Tinker Lo, Dharchulla, Uttarakhand, India