Some years ago, as a starry-
In fact, the time has come for an entire issue, or two or three, devoted to the topic of fieldwork. To be honest, this is not a topic which can be exhausted in just a single collection of a few articles. And sure enough, as soon as I put out the call for papers on this critical topic, Speculative Grammarian’s legion of experts stepped up to the plate and provided the depth of coverage and penetrating insight that fieldwork, the lifeblood of our discipline, deserves. I am sure that you will profit greatly from the wisdom you will find in the pages of these special issues.
Over the years, of course, SpecGram has already reported the results of many groundbreaking fieldwork projects. Additionally, we have published outstanding articles about how to do fieldwork. And our pages have hosted numerous announcements of books so critical to (or sometimes of) fieldwork, including such perennial best-
Curiously, though, prior to now there has only been one issue of SpecGram devoted to the topic of fieldwork as a profession or fieldwork as an activity. That, of course, is the famous issue of 1887, published under the patronage of the so-
We at SpecGram want especially to thank our sponsor for this issue, John Deere. Who among us cannot remember the thrill of the first time a field methods professor turned the controls over to us, allowing us to give free rein to a John Deere Data Harvester? The purr of well-