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Looking at the cards 'people going walking, and what do they see?' with JoJ -- CS07_a083_02 -- Jaminjungan and Eastern Ngumpin - A documentation of the linguistic and cultural knowledge of speakers in a multilingual setting in the Victoria River District, Northern Australia
Title:
Looking at the cards 'people going walking, and what do they see?' with JoJ -- CS07_a083_02 -- Jaminjungan and Eastern Ngumpin - A documentation of the linguistic and cultural knowledge of speakers in a multilingual setting in the Victoria River District, Northern Australia
ID:
Jaminjungan and Eastern Ngumpin
Online:
No
Archive:
Contributor:
Nawurla (consultant)
Candide Simard (researcher)
Publisher:
Eva Schultze-Berndt
University of Manchester, School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures
Description:
Sitting at Myatt with JoJ. Also present is JM. JoJ is looking at the cards 'people going walking, and what do they see?' (topic and new information). The cards show on one side some people walking, and on the other side the same people pointing at kangaroo, a bird, and an echidnea. She is telling CS a lttle story for each of them.
This project is funded by the Endangered Languages Programme (DOBES) of the VW Foundation for a period of three years (August 2005-July 2008). The aim of the project is a documentation of the linguistic and cultural knowledge of the remaining speakers of several language varieties belonging to two language groups. The Jaminjungan group consists of Jaminjung and Ngaliwurru (which are closely related) as well as Nungali (now no longer spoken). Languages of the Eastern Ngumpin group are Gurindji, Ngarinyman, Bilinarra, and Mudburra, as well as a mixed language, Gurindji Kriol. These varieties (and in addition English and Kriol, an English-lexified creole), constitute part of a single network of multilingual communicative practice in the region, since their speakers have been in close contact for a long time, and since they now share the same settlements distributed throughout the Victoria River District. One aim of the project therefore is to carefully document variation. The lexical databases are set up to facilitate cross-referencing between the different varieties, for example to identify borrowings and translation equivalents. Focal areas for the text collection are topics such as significant sites, knowledge about plants and animals, and oral history, which are likely to be of particular interest to the speakers and their descendants as well as to linguists, anthropologists, biologists, ecologists, and historians. Two PhD students within the projects focus on the topics of Jaminjung prosody (Candide Simard) and spatial expressions in Ngarinyman (Kristina Henschke), respectively. The project was administered by the University of Graz from August 2005 to March 2007, and by the University of Manchester from April 2007 to July 2008. It is conducted in collaboration with the Diwurruwurru-Jaru Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal Language Centre based in Katherine (N.T.), and includes community members as trainees and co-investigators. The members of the core project team are: Eva Schultze-Berndt (Manchester; project director; Jaminjungan languages and some Ngarinyman), Patrick McConvell (Canberra; Principal Investigator; Ngumpin languages and Gurindji Kriol; anthropology); Felicity Meakins (Melbourne/Manchester; Postdoctoral Fellow; Ngumpin languages and Gurindji Kriol), Kristina Henschke (Graz, PhD student, Ngarinyman); Candide Simard (Manchester, PhD student, Jaminjung/Ngaliwurru). The core project team is supported by Glenn Wightman (Darwin) as ethnobiologist and Alan Marett and Linda Barwick (Sydney) as ethnomusicologists, by Erika Charola (Paris) as a linguistic consultant working on Gurindji, as well as by Nikolaus Himmelmann (Bochum) as and Mark Harvey (Newcastle) as cooperation partners.
Sitting at Myatt. Also present is JM. Cards: seeing something Topic focus with JoJ.
JoJ has only contributed to the project as a consultant occasionally. She is Jaminjung by descent and a fluent speaker of Jaminjung/Ngaliwurru, and today mainly lives in Myatt, near Timber Creek., where she is married to JJ.
CS began work on Jaminjung and Ngaliwurru with the start of the DOBES-VRD project in August 2005. The focus of the PhD thesis is prosody in Jaminjung, but she has also been involved in work other areas of grammar and lexicographical documentation. CS is based in London and Manchester.
Subject language:
Nungali
Djamindjung
Language family:
Australian
Other coverage:
Australia
Other date:
2007-10-08
Other subject:
Discourse
Conversation
Nungali
Ngaliwurru
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Archive: The Language Archive at the MPI for Psycholinguistics
Online: No
Subject language: Djamindjung
Subject language: Nungali
Language family: Australian
Geographic region: Pacific
Contributor: Candide Simard
Contributor: Nawurla
Publisher: Eva Schultze-Berndt
Publisher: University of Manchester, School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures
Title: Northern Australia
Title: Looking at the cards 'people going walking, and what do they see?' with JoJ -- CS07_a083_02 -- Jaminjungan and Eastern Ngumpin - A documentation of the linguistic and cultural knowledge of speakers in a multilingual setting in the Victoria River District,
Other coverage: Australia
Other date: 2007-10-08
Other subject: Conversation
Other subject: Discourse
Other subject: Ngaliwurru
Other subject: Nungali