OLLECTION OF LINGUISTIC DATA WITH CRITICAL COMMENTARY
Hanil J, 2011. United Grand Lodge of England. Available at /youtu.be/-8xGUZxH0JU
INSTRUCTIONSn October 2011 I had an initial meeting with members of the The British Federation of the International Order of Freemasons. They kindly agreed for some of their members to participate in this project. They have agreed to the interview to be recorded in both audio and video mode. They have agreed to this on the understanding that I will not share this film with any other third party saving the English Department of Kingston University for the sole purpose of learning and research.
An agreement has been made for me to sign an undertaking to this effect. Additionally, I will also receive at the same time, a signed authority from the participants which formalises the aforementioned agreement for me to conduct an audio and visual recording of the interview.
As a fraternal organization which rose from humble beginnings in the 17th Century, freemasonry is now a global organisation. There is an estimated membership of approximately six million worldwide. In the UK the Grand Lodge of Scotland has an estimated membership of 150,000;1 the Grand Lodges of Ireland and England combined boasts a membership of 250,000 (inid). In the US there are approximately two million freemasons.
This project aims to explore linguistics and the various methods thereof. This will be in the form of observing a professional organization; in this instance, a branch of the Freemasons Organisation. Observatory notes will be recorded as I explore aspects of linguistics such as the scientific study of language, and the structure of speech and turns taken in an interview. Additionally, there will be audio and visual recordings which will be used in a reflective mode to further analyse and explore attributes of linguistics which may have been overlooked during the live observation, thus allowing a comparison between various methods of linguistics as observed, as well as perceived, after closer examination. The participants have agreed to both the audio and the visual recordings of their interview. Examples of conversation pauses and body language will be observed from the aspect of listening to a recording; or viewing a video.