Fieldwork

Jan-Ola Östman

 

Fieldwork


2019, April 10–11

Place: Municipalities in Värmland, Sweden (Specific locations withheld for ethical reasons)

Varieties: immigrants' varieties

Together with colleagues from Uppsala university: Ellen Bijvoet, Lise Horneman Hansen

Funded by Uppsala university, Dept of Scandinavian Studies


2018, October 18–19

Place: Municipalities in Värmland, Sweden (Specific locations withheld for ethical reasons)

Varieties: immigrants' varieties and local dialects

Together with colleagues from Uppsala university: Lena Ekberg (org.), Margareta Svahn, Ellen Bijvoet, Lise Horneman Hansen

Funded by Uppsala university, Dept of Scandinavian Studies.

 

2014 fall; 2015 spring

Places (hubs): Vaasa, Närpes &  Pedersöre, Finland

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, Finland

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, Finland

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, Finland

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, Finland

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 , Finland

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, Finland

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.

 

 

Fieldwork expeditions planned



No concrete fieldwork trips planned

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.

© Jan-Ola Östman 2019