MPI-PL Archive

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Sammy recorded a conversation he had with his friend Eric, Eric's wife Vida and their little daughter Abitele. The daughter had asked her father for money to buy food and told him that she had not eaten yet, while her mother had already given her food. The four people talk about this. There was no outside observer present. The conversation has been transcribed and annotated in ELAN.
dictionary
A wordlist of 677 words in Avatime with glosses in English.
S0811251
Fo Yao gives a description of the ECOM clips (Bohnemeyer & Caelen 1999). This is a set of video clips of moving geometrical shapes. They are meant to find out information about how motion events are encoded.
S0811262
Saskia mostly tries out Avatime sentences on Fo Yao to see if they are grammatical and if so what they mean. The goal is to find out the properties of motion serial verb constructions.
Gbadzeme01-libation
The new chief of Gbadzeme (one of the other Avatime villages) came to swear fealty to the paramount chief of Avatime in Vane. This is one of the libations the traditional priest performed at the ceremony.
S0810231
In this session, Sammy and I listened to two short directional stories Sammy gave us before (part of RS0809221). The first is how to get to the Catholic Church, the second is how to get to the cemetery. I asked Sammy to repeat what he had said and I wrote it down. Sammy whistled each bit for me. He also gave free translations of each bit, and sometimes I asked him for the translation of a specific word.
S0811123
Saskia shows the 'run walk crawl climb' video clips to Mathias and asks him to tell her after each clip what the person or animal in the clip did. The video clips show mostly animals but also some people moving in different ways. The set of clips has been designed by researchers involved in the 'motion encoding in language' project at NTNU.
outdooring06-oath
First, Adzavi Mensah Stanilous swears an oath to Kwame Harry Felix Adorbor, the new paramount chief. Then the new paramount chief swears an oath to Adzavi Mensah Stanilous.
RS0809171
Rebecca and Saskia asked Sammy to whistle the tones of some verb paradigms. They also asked for the Avatime translations of some English questions (both yes/no questions and information questions), got some noun class prefixes on verbs and asked for the words for different kinds of mushrooms.
S0810212
After trying myself to transcribe Sammy's description on the Slobin manner of motion clips (RS0809221), I was left with some questions. So I went through the sentences I had questions about, asked Sammy to listen to them and whistle them and/or translate them. Sometimes I asked for a more detailed explanation of the meaning of a specific word.
dir-house_EK
Saskia asked Elvis to ask Charity how to get to her house. Ernest translated what she said. Then Saskia asked Elvis to ask Ernest the same question. Elvis translated afterwards. Then Elvis gave instructions how to get to his house and Ernest translated. This was the end of a session in which I first got some body part terms, then we went through some elicitation videos and then the children interviewed each other about several things. This recording only contains the directions to Ernest's house, from the place where we were located, which was the Junior Secondary School.
Gbadzeme-all
The new chief of Gbadzeme (one of the other Avatime villages) came to swear fealty to the paramount chief of Avatime in Vane. In this ceremony traditional prayers or libations are said, two rams are sacrificed, there are several speeches and dances.
S0810061
I asked Sammy to make sentences with some nouns, with and without 'definite' suffix. Every now and then I asked if a specific other sentence was also possible. I also asked Sammy to whistle the sentences. This session was designed to find out more about the tones on these nouns, in particular whether they change or not. In the end it doesn't look like I got the right data to check if the tones of the nouns change when followed by a high tone. When I asked for sentences without 'definite' suffix, I often got the noun with demonstrative 'ya' which seems to change the tone of any preceding syllable to extra high. I did get some sentences with the noun without suffix followed by something else, but often they seemed only marginally acceptable.
anansi_SO
A moral tale about a spider
S0811131
Saskia shows the 'run walk crawl climb' video clips to Adzoyo and asks her to tell her after each clip what the person or animal in the clip did. The video clips show mostly animals but also some people moving in different ways. The set of clips has been designed by researchers involved in the 'motion encoding in language' project at NTNU.
Gbadzeme11-oath
The new chief of Gbadzeme (one of the other Avatime villages) came to swear fealty to the paramount chief of Avatime in Vane. In this segment the paramount chief, via his linguist, swears to support the Gbadzeme chief in return for the Gbadzeme chief's oath of fealty.
RS0809151
First Rebecca asked how to say some useful phrases in Avatime, then she went through some of the Dahl questionnaire.
outdooring04-libation
This is a traditional prayer, in which the forefathers are asked for their blessing.
S0811111
Saskia made a list of English sentences that express motion and asked Yao to translate these to Avatime. Every now and then she asked if another Avatime sentence was also correct. The goal was to get a first idea of the way motion is expressed in Avatime.
Gbadzeme09-sheep
The new chief of Gbadzeme (one of the other Avatime villages) came to swear fealty to the paramount chief of Avatime in Vane. As part of this ceremony (and all ones like it, such as the outdooring of chiefs) they sacrifice two white rams. This is the second of these sacrifices during this ceremony.