Transcript of spoken interaction with a critical commentary/ researching linguistic data in musicians
Assessment Strategy submit one piece of written work, which will involve the collection of spoken data, transcription of your data and a critical commentary reflecting on the process.
• Part A. Transcription: you are required to collect natural, spoken data of a dialogue or multi-party interaction (i.e. not a monologue), which you must transcribe and present according to the feature you are interested in foregrounding, together with;
?• Part B. A critical commentary that discusses the process of data collection with a reflection of the issues involved. You are required to write a critical commentary describing the process of undertaking this research, which should include a discussion on issues such as validity, reliability, ethics; your methodology – choice of participants and choice of equipment used for data collection; the Observer’s Paradox; and any difficulties with transcribing etc. You are not, however, expected to analyse your data.
Guidance to help you structure your work
Your work will be in two parts: Pt. A, the transcription and Part B, the critical commentary:
Before you begin collecting your spoken data
Decide what aspect of language you are interested in e.g. are you interested in interruptions, male and female discourse, children’s language, use of accents and dialects, code-switching, story telling etc? It is important to decide before you begin your data collection as this will determine who your informants are, the setting/ context for your data collection, and finally, how you represent your spoken data in your transcription.
For ideas of which linguistic feature to collect, see Wray, A. and Bloomer, A. (2006) Projects in Linguistics: a practical guide to researching language. London: Hodder Arnold. (Older editions of the book by Wray, Trott and Bloomer are just as useful.) NB. Turn-taking is not a feature: if you are interested in this aspect of talk, you must choose a specific feature within the framework of Conversation Analysis e.g. interruptions and overlaps, topic change (- refer to lecture notes)