Fieldwork

Jan-Ola Östman

Fieldwork expeditions planned

 

No concrete plans at the moment

 

I consider fieldwork the best way to get reliable data for linguistic analysis, and I have developed a number of not-so-traditional ways of collecting information and data. For instance, I produced the film "A strawberry-shaped day" as a Nordic alternative to Wallace Chafe's famous Pear film. The Strawberry film has then been used as a prompt and stimulus in order to get narrative and interactive data.

 

Over the years, I have organized and been involved in several fieldwork expeditions, primarily in Swedish-language Finland. I was also a member of the steering committee of the large-scale data-gathering endeavor Spara det finlandssvenska talet that the Society of Swedish literature in Finland (SLS) financed 2005-2008, resulting in interviews and discussions with some 1,000 (dialect) speakers of Swedish in Finland.

Fieldwork

 

2014 fall; 2015 spring

Places (hubs): Vaasa, Närpes, Pedersöre

Varieties: immigrants' varieties, esp. in the Närpes and Pedersöre areas

Organizer and leader together with Lena Ekberg; 2015 fieldwork with four students of Scandinavian languages, University of Helsinki. Project: LIRA; funded by cooperation between the University of Helsinki and Stockholm university, Sweden.

 

2012, fall

Place (fieldwork hub): Kristinestad

Dialects: Kristinestad, Kaskö, Närpes, Härkmeri, Sideby, Lappfjärd, Tjöck - all southern Ostrobothnian

Organizer and leader; together with a dozenn students from the discipline Scandinavian languages, University of Helsinki. Funded by the Society of Swedish literature in Finland (SLS).

 

2007, May 29 - June 1

Place: Älvdalen, Dalarna, Sweden

Dialects: Övdalian varieties

Participant in the fieldwork organized by NORMS.

 

2006, June 3-7

Place (fieldwork hub): Jakobstad

Dialects: most northern Ostrobothnian dialects and town varieties

Organizer and leader; together with half a dozen scholars from different parts of Scandinavia. Under the auspices of, and funded by NORMS.

 

2004, winter

Place: Pargas, Åboland

Dialect: Pargas

Organizer and leader; together with ca ten students from the discipline Scandinavian languages, University of Helsinki.

 

2003, winter

Place (fieldwork hub): Kuggom, eastern Nyland

Dialects: Liljendal, Lappträsk, Pernå

Organizer and leader; together with ca ten students from the discipline Scandinavian languages, University of Helsinki.

Publication: Helena Palmén, Caroline Sandström & Jan-Ola Östman (eds.), 2008. Dialekt i östra Nyland. Fältarbete i Liljendal med omnejd ('Dialect in eastern Nyland. Fieldwork in and around Liljendal'). University of Helsinki: Nordica Helsingiensia vol. 14.

 

1998, winter

Place: Solf, Ostrobothnia

Dialect: Solv (Sv, mÖb)

Organizer and leader; together with ca ten students from the University of Helsinki General linguistics department, which funded the expedition.

 

1980-1985

Place: Solf, Ostrobothnia

Dialect: Solv (Sv, mÖb)

Annual fieldtrips to the village, collecting material for my PhD dissertation Pragmatic as Implicitness, submitted in 1986 to the Graduate School at the University of California, Berkeley.

© Jan-Ola Östman 2017