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ILCAA Joint Research Project

“Failure” in Field Linguistics (jrp000285)



  • descriptive linguistics
  • field linguistics
  • language documentation
  • methods
  • ethics


  • Unspecified



About the Project

Project term: April, 2023–March, 2026

In this project, field linguists share their own experiences of failures in their fieldwork. It has been recognized that these experiences of failure are not mentioned in papers. As a result, problems are less likely to surface and failures tend to remain within the experience of the individual. Therefore, in this research project, members share failure cases and discuss the causes and coping methods, so that similar failures can be prevented in the future.

Yasuhiro YAMAKOSHI, Project Coordinator



  • Yasuhiro YAMAKOSHI


  • Honoré WATANABE
  • Hideo SAWADA
  • Asako SHIOHARA
  • Toshihide NAKAYAMA

Joint Researchers

  • Hayato AOI
  • Daisuke EBINA
  • Kazuya INAGAKI
  • Atsuhiko KATO
  • Yukinori KIMOTO
  • Megumi KUREBITO
  • Kunihiko KUROKI
  • Michinori SHIMOJI
  • Syuntaro TIDA
  • Yuko URABE
  • Nobuko YONEDA



The 3rd meeting

  • Date/Time: Sat 1 Jun 2024 12:00–17:30
  • Venue: 306, Online meeting
  • Language: Japanese
  • 12:00–12:10
    12:10–13:20 Yukinori KIMOTO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, University of Hyogo)
    “Failures and regrets in the study of Filipino hunter-gatherer languages: reflections on everything from site selection to career development”
    14:30–15:40 Megumi KUREBITO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples)
    “There is no picturesque ideal field: the case of Koryak” (tentative)
    15:50–17:00 Syuntarô TIDA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kyoto University)
    “Field linguistics and prescriptive linguistics” (tentative)

The 2nd meeting

  • Date/Time: Tue 5 Mar 2024 11:00–18:00
  • Venue: 304, Online meeting
  • Language: Japanese
  • 11:00–11:10
    11:10–12:20 Hideo SAWADA (ILCAA)
    “The shame of field trips not scraped off”
    13:20–14:30 Atsuhiko KATO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Keio University)
    “Failures in my research on Karen”
    14:40–15:50 Kazuya INAGAKI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Nanzan University)
    “Not to regret: Linguistic fieldwork in Indonesia”
    16:00–17:10 Honoré WATANABE (ILCAA)
    “How we hear only what we want to hear -- from my research on Sliammon”

The 1st meeting Report (Japanese)

  • Date/Time: Sun 15 Oct 2023 10:00–16:00
  • Venue: 303, Online meeting
  • Language: Japanese
  • 10:00–10:30
    10:40–11:40 Yasuhiro YAMAKOSHI (ILCAA)
    Introduction: Failures and regrets in my fieldwork
    12:40–13:40 Asako SHIOHARA (ILCAA)
    Failures encountered during my linguistic fieldwork in Indonesia
    14:00–15:00 Kunihiko KUROKI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kobe Shoin Women’s University)
    Don't be like me!! -The teacher who made a mistake in data management

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