Descriptive and prescriptive grammar

by Jeanette Sakel

I was at the annual meeting of the Association for National Teaching Fellows in Birmingham these last two days – and not only did I learn a lot about playful pedagogies and show a poster about my short video summaries for language, but I also produced a short video on descriptive and prescriptive approaches to language. Here it is:


The value of humanities and social sciences: Petros Karatsareas

by Jeanette Sakel

Our British Academy (BA) Postdoctoral Fellow Dr Petros Karatsareas is appearing in a high profile video produced by the BA to strengthen the fields of humanities and social sciences. Petros talks about his research project and its impact – together with another 3 BA Postdoctoral Fellows:


Soundfile for Sakel & Everett

by Jeanette Sakel

A slightly different blogpost: here is the sound file for Sakel & Everett ‘Linguistic Fieldwork’, to be used with chapter 2.1 (on Mosetén). This is going to be relevant to level 1 students in TB2, but also others interested in fieldwork (to be used in conjunction with the book): Sakel, Jeanette & Daniel Everett Linguistic Fieldwork – a student guide. Cambridge University Press.

Landing a floatplane in the Amazon

by Jeanette Sakel

You may ask: what has that to do with language?

Well, when you are doing fieldwork in the Amazon – that’s probably the most comfortable way to travel (and one, I have to add, I only experienced at a later stage, after having braved riding on the backs of pick-up trucks, in military airplanes, by boat and even going on foot. There are many ways to the field – and it can take quite a while to get there!

So, when I worked in a research team (with Dan Everett) and we had the chance to take a float plane to the Pirahã (flown by Dan’s son in law) – it was an amazing luxury! Here is a video of our landing on the river Maici – a tributary to the Madeira (and, eventually, the Amazon) – on our way to the field:

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