Interview 2 people who have lived in the United States for less than five years and whose native language is not English. Ask your informants to tell you a folk tale, legend, or myth from his or her native country. What are the themes of the stories? What are the messages that the stories intend to communicate to the listener (perhaps the children who would hear it)? What do the stories tell you about the culture that they come from? Do they tell you about the religious beliefs, the games, the livelihood, and the family structure? Do these stories influence the metaphors used in everyday language? What do these stories tell you about linguistic relativity—the interconnections of language and culture?
STEP 1: Conduct the interviews and complete the worksheet.
STEP 2: Write a 4-5 pages long report of your project. Include information about the people you interviewed or observed (ethnicity, culture, language, age, location of the interview/observation), describe the process of completing the project, and write an analysis of your findings. Use MLA format to write this paper.
Interviewee 1&2 (Worksheet) – Complete this format for 2 people
First name: _________________
Native country: _____________________
Summary of the story: _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Message(s) intended to be communicated to the listener:
What do the stories tell you about the culture that they come from?
Do these stories influence the metaphors used in everyday language?
What do these stories tell you about linguistic relativity—the interconnections of language and culture?
Linguistic Anthropology Fieldwork Project Evaluation Form
(You can write the report(paper) based on the evaluation form not to miss the points.)
A: Completion of the worksheet: ___________/10 points
B: Written Report
1.Background information of the project (Introduction): _________/ 10 points
2.Description of the process(Body Paragraphs): __________/ 10 points
3.Analysisof the findings(Body Paragraphs): ___________/ 20points
4.Final concluding thoughts about the project (Conclusion): ___________/ 5 points
5.MLA formatting and writing quality (grammar, vocabulary, mechanics): _________/ 5points
Total score for the written report: ___________/ 60 points