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Vocabulary elicitation and spontaneous discourse with DP, DB, DBil -- ES97_A01_03_ActingMad -- 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:
Vocabulary elicitation and spontaneous discourse with DP, DB, DBil -- ES97_A01_03_ActingMad -- 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:
Nangari (researcher)
Nangala (consultant)
Nalyirri (consultant)
Publisher:
Eva Schultze-Berndt
School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures, University of Manchester
Description:
Attempt at eliciting talk about �mad� actions, talking about retarded boy; spontaneous discourse related to fishing.
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.
Djamindjung (Jaminjung) is an Australian Aboriginal language spoken in the Victoria River District in the North of the continent. Linguistically speaking, the JAMINJUNGAN language group (also referred to as Djamindjungan, Yirram or Western Mirndi in the literature) comprises two closely related dialects, Jaminjung and Ngaliwurru, and a third, less closely related variety, Nungali, which now has no fluent speakers left.
ESB started research on Jaminjung, Ngaliwurru and Nungali (and, to a lesser extent) on Ngarinyman with people in the Victoria River District in 1993.
DB is a respected elder and has been one of the main consultants on this and previous projects for Jaminjung. She speaks Jaminjung fluently since she acquired it at a very young age, although she is Gajirrabeng by descent. She also spoke Ngarinyman with her late husband, RB. DB is a friend and classificatory sister of ER.
DP was one of the main consultants for Jaminjung on this and previous projects; she passed away in 2007. She was a sister / classificatory sister of IP and EH and mostly lived in Kununurra.
DBil, a Jaminjung speaker living in Kununurra, passed away in the late 1990s. She was often present in recording sessions previously and contributed knowledge about the meaning of words, but was often rather quiet.
Subject language:
Djamindjung
Kriol
Language family:
Creoles and pidgins, English‑based
Australian
Creoles and pidgins
Other coverage:
Australia
Other date:
1997-06-11
Other format:
audio/x-wav
text/x-toolbox-text
text/x-eaf+xml
Other subject:
Elicitation
Djamindjung
Kriol
Other type:
audio
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Contributor: Nalyirri
Contributor: Nangala
Contributor: Nangari
Publisher: Eva Schultze-Berndt
Publisher: School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures, University of Manchester
Title: Northern Australia
Title: Vocabulary elicitation and spontaneous discourse with DP, DB, DBil -- ES97_A01_03_ActingMad -- 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: 1997-06-11
Other format: audio/x-wav
Other format: text/x-eaf+xml
Other format: text/x-toolbox-text
Other subject: Djamindjung
Other subject: Elicitation
Other subject: Kriol
Other type: audio