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Linguistic fieldwork refers to the activity of linguistic data collection through interaction with native-speaker consultants. Broadly speaking, it encompasses any collection of accurate data, regardless of: (1) the prior familiarity of the linguist with the language from which data are collected; (2) the whereabouts of the study – the original environment where the language is spoken or immigrant communiti…

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Katia CHIRKOVA, “Fieldwork”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 19 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2015

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