Ethnographic fieldwork and formal linguistic analysis have traditionally been thought to be diametrically opposed. In this provocative analysis Peter Manning argues that these methods of qualitative research are complementary. After examining the potential benefits and limitations of each method of analysis, the author shows how a synthesis of the two is more powerful than either alone.

Fieldwork and Its Traditions

Although fieldwork is often discussed as a technique or method without serious diversity, as Douglas (1976), Adler and Adler (1987), and Needham (1984) have pointed out, it is, in fact, several interrelated modes of gathering materials. The three predominant modes of fieldwork, the “Chicago ...

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