In my research, I rely on predictions made by theoretical work, which in turn must be informed by natural language data collected through detailed and methodologically well-grounded fieldwork. Since 2010, I have been conducting fieldwork on Wolof with native speakers in Chicago, Paris, and Senegal. Wolof is a well described language, yet it is relatively understudied by formal linguists. My fieldwork is therefore not documentary in nature, but methodologically structured to elicit particular structures. However, I believe it is crucial for the target utterances to be embedded in a natural language context, and elicited from a larger number of speakers. To that end, I am committed to developing visual materials and questionnaires designed to elicit target sentences in a natural discourse context. Below you can find samples of storyboards I developed for investigating the interaction of morphosyntactic and information-structural properties of utterances.
This storyboard for the elicitation of a past- or future-tense narrative is an adaptation of the storyboard "Hawaii Trip" by Rose Underhill & Seth Cable. http://www.totemfieldstoryboards.org
The goal of this storyboard was to get specificational copular sentences in a natural context.
Moussa And His Friends - Version 1
This storyboard was used to get specificationalpseudocleft constructions. It has two versions, to get different orders of the two major constituents in a pseudocleft (wh-phrase & NP).
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