Navigating Topics and Creating Research Questions in Linguistic Anthropology

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)12_Chapter in an edited book (Author)peer-review

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch Methods in Linguistic Anthropology
Editors Sabina M. Perrino, Sonya E. Pritzker
PublisherBloomsbury Academic 
Chapter1
Pages13-47
ISBN (Electronic)9781350117464, 9781350117471
ISBN (Print)9781350117457, 9781350117495
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jan 2022

Publication series

NameResearch Methods in Linguistics

Abstract

This chapter discusses the process of navigating research topics and creating research questions in linguistic anthropology. We discuss this process in terms of the attribution of topical salience — or the foregrounding of particular objects, phenomena, and relations — within a complex interconnected system. In this system one can zoom in on a particular topic to investigate and describe its details and/or zoom out to highlight and account for its connections to a broader range of phenomena. We present examples of how such an approach allows researchers to pose flexible research questions and to articulate their significance by putting them in dialogue with other interrelated questions and conversations. We also discuss some ideological and ethical concerns in relation to this process, and present a case study to demonstrate how, in one project, research questions can be created and refined enabling the focus to be expanded, restricted, modified, and changed.

Research Area(s)

  • methods, linguistic anthropology, research questions, topical salience

Citation Format(s)

Navigating Topics and Creating Research Questions in Linguistic Anthropology. / Karimzad, Farzad; Catedral, Lydia.

Research Methods in Linguistic Anthropology. ed. / Sabina M. Perrino; Sonya E. Pritzker. Bloomsbury Academic , 2022. p. 13-47 (Research Methods in Linguistics).

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)12_Chapter in an edited book (Author)peer-review