The following comes from Karen Pennesi of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Western Ontario. Professor Pennesi collected and organized suggestions from contributors to the LINGANTH email list recommending work analyzing discourse from online texts. My query to LINGANTH listserve: Can anyone recommend literature analyzing discourse from public online texts such as comments […]
Matthew Hale’s series, “Ethnographic Fieldwork Equipment That (Hopefully) Won’t Break the Bank”, returns to Anthropology News with advice on smartphone and tablet computer peripherals, note-taking software, and smart notebooks.
Igansi Clemente compiled responses to an email asking “how to record digitally phone conversations both in cell phones and in regular landline phones”.
Matthew Hale of the National Association of Student Anthropologists has a piece in the July 2015 Anthropology News titled “Fieldwork Equipment That (Hopefully) Won’t Break the Bank”.
The Open School of Ethnography and Anthropology has a useful guide to equipment for ethnographic work. There are few specific recommendations of items, but useful general recommendations for choosing your own.
Stephen C. Levinson, Asifa Majid, and Mark Dingemanse 2010 It is our pleasure to announce the launch of the L&C Field Manuals and Stimulus Materials (http://fieldmanuals.mpi.nl/), a web resource providing access to many of the field manuals produced by the Language and Cognition group at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics. The site contains a […]
Keith M. Murphy 2010/10/29 at 11:46 pm I just want to add a caveat about investing in mini-DV equipment over tapeless alternatives. The points Mark makes about compression are correct and are definitely something to consider, however there’s also some danger in diving headlong into receding technology that may not be around for much longer. […]
Mark A. Sicoli, October 2010 I just set up a new Linguistic Anthropology lab at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks and so I recently thought about video and audio equipment and made some decisions for which I will share the reasoning and resulting equipment. Tape or Solid State? One of the latest questions to think […]
Bartek Plichta has an extensive and well organized site including the free vowel analysis software Akustyk http://bartus.org/akustyk/index.php, and a wide range of reviews of audio equipment including suggestions for a basic field kit http://bartus.org/akustyk/field.php. UPDATE June 2015: The Akustyk software and the bartus.org web site appear to be discontinued. Bartlomiej Plichta’s YouTube channel contains several Praat […]
Mark A. Sicoli, May 2010
Some notes on Basic Audio
Solid state digital recorders called PCM recorders are standard equipment (pulse code modulation refers to the way the audio signal is encoded digitally). The units can plug into a USB port to transfer the digital files to your computer’s hard drive. Even so I like to use a separate (inexpensive) card reader for transfering because the transfer rates are many times faster with a card reader.