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March 2014

Topic      Open access and intimate fieldwork

Date       Tuesday 11 March

Time       6:00 - 8:00pm

Venue     Upstairs room, Prince Alfred Hotel, 191 Grattan St, Carlton (corner of Bouverie St), ph ‪(03) 9347-3033‬‎

 Food and drinks available at the venue.

Contact   Ruth Singer if you have any questions



While the debate over open access to journal articles and other scholarly publications is a no-brainer, increasing pressure to make fieldwork recordings open-access sometimes puts fieldworkers in an uncomfortable position. The desire for more naturalistic data means that many linguists want to record more than just tellings of myths, word lists and elicited sentences. Increasingly they are interested in recording informal interactions between intimates: family members and close friends. There are a number of reasons that linguists might not want to make their entire collection of recordings open access. This may be due to lack of anonymity and the informal, unguarded nature of the recordings (Travis and Cacoullos 2013), or that the topic of the research was gossip (Haviland 1977). It may also be that the sheer volume of data, and number of participants in a collection makes it very time-consuming to go back check permissions for all recordings. In this session we will discuss some of the ways of restricting access to sensitive recordings, while making the remainder open access.

Travis, C. E. and R. T. Cacoullos. 2013. ‘Making Voices Count: Corpus Compilation in Bilingual Communities’. Australian Journal of Linguistics 33.2. (23 February, 2014).
Haviland, J. 1977. Gossip, Reputation, and Knowledge in Zinacantan. Chicago: Chicago University Press.
LIP is coordinated by Ruth Singer and Lauren Gawne (University of Melbourne)

LIP is an occasional gathering of language activists and linguists in Melbourne. All are welcome. Those in other parts of Australia and the world who can't make it to the Melbourne LIPs are encouraged to organise a local gathering to discuss this topic and support language activities in your area.