chapter  8
Navigating the multilingual field
Language choice and sociolinguistic fieldwork
ByKerry Taylor-Leech, Danielle Boon
Pages 10

In this chapter we reflect on researcher and participant language choices in two research projects in East Timor. Our stories show how, in this multilingual setting, these choices were predominantly symbolic and had little to do with practicality or proficiency in any given code. Our stories also illustrate some of the challenges and rewards of working in a complex multilingual field.