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Participant gives short definitions of some terms for landscape features
Participant explains the traditional clothes he is wearing.
Three boys - met by chance while walking inside Pos 17 - present themselves.
One participant watches the pearmovie (pearmovie.wmv, being played in a laptop). The film is replayed and she describes it simultaneously. Then she summarizes it and discusses about it with 276-JT.
Participant describes the different hunting methods for gemsbok, leopard, cheetah and bat-eared fox (see pdf-file for full text translated into Afrikaans).
Participant complains about poor livelihoods.
Elicitation of words with different accompaniments to palatal click. Recording of both audio speech signal and aerodynamics (PCQ).
Story about Jackal and Porcupine: Jackal and Porcupine are hungry. They go to the farm of a Boer, enter the kraal through a hole in the fencing, kill a sheep and eat it. Porcupine eats a lot, Jackal eats only little since he is clever. Porcupine eats so much that his belly is too big to fit through the hole in the fencing. Jackal calls out. The Boer comes with his rifle and shoots Porcupine while Jackal is able to escape.
Two West !Xoon participants are watching the pearmovie (pearmovie.wmv, being played in a laptop) for the second time and one participant describes the film simultaneously. Then the film is replayed and participant B synchroneously describes it. Later, participant A summarizes the film.
Elicitation of words with different phonation types/voice qualities. Recording of both audio speech signal and laryngeal signal (EGG).
Elicitation of lexicon (problematic words, recording requested by RK).
Participant talks about formicine ants which used to be eaten by the !Xoon people.
The daughter of the chief was sick. The chief was looking for someone to help is daughter. He promised to give his daughter as a wife to the one who was able to cure her. Three men heard about it and agreed to go together to the chief's place which was far away. One of them had had water, the second one had bread and the third one had fish. After a while the one with fish got thirsty. He asked his colleague to let him drink water. This one asked a fish in return. This happened again and again until no fish was left. When he asked for water again, his colleague told him to give him one of his ears in return. In this way the one who had had fish lost both his ears, his nose and his eyes. When he had given away his second eye the other two left him behind and he lost his way. When they told the chief that they had come to treat his daughter, he let them in. But the daughter didn't get better and they were chased away. The one who had lost his senses came to the tree where the wild animals used to hold their meetings. The blind man was sitting on the tree when they came to hold their meeting. The chameleon was the guard and always looking around. It said: "If I was the one without eyes and ears and nose would take the leaves from this tree and put them on my eyes." And the blind man heard him and put the leaves on his eyes and ears and nose and got back his senses. Then the chameleon said: "If I was the one who want to help the daughter of the chief I would let her drink weak marihuana frist and then strong marihuana. When the animals had finished their meeting, the one who had had fishes climbed down from the tree and gathered marihuana leaves: weak and strong ones and prepared the decoctions. He told the chief that he had come to treat his daughter. But the chief didn't want to let him in. But the daughter begged him to do so and he did. He treated the daughter in the way the chameleon had told him and the daughter became healthy again and the chief gave him his daughter as a wife. And the other two came and asked how he managed to get his senses back. He told them about the tree of the wild animals. They went there as well and climbed the tree. The animals came to hold their meeting. One of the two had to piss. The animals said: "Thank you God for the rain." Later he also had to shit. Then the animals said: "Thank you God for the bread." But chameleon is the one who is looking around and makes them out on the tree. He says: "Get these people and kill them."
Elicitation of PAST vs. SUBORDINATE? particle.
Elicitation of words with different phonation types/voice qualities. Recording of both audio speech signal and laryngeal signal (EGG).
Participant talks about her feelings with respect to recent murder of her sister.
Makes a plea to be brought close to the border fence in order to be able to [illegally] set traps on the other side of the fence and trap elands. Asks that the researchers be told they he and his people are dying from hunger.
Interview on historical subjects concerning the wider !Xoon settlement area with a group of old men from Korridor 15 (2 parts).
Jackal and Porcupine are hired by a Boer for working on his fields. The Boer pays them with maizemeal, tea and sugar. They work on the fields until the fruits are ripe. Then they steel the fruits. The Boer wonders who stole his fruit and makes a plan to find out. He builds a puppet from a limy substance and places it at the gate to his fields. Jackal comes and challenges the puppet by saying: "Go away. I want to enter in order to water the garden. If you don't do so I will beat you." When the puppet doesn't move, jackal beats him. But his hand gets stuck on the lime. He beats the puppet again and again until all his body parts got stuck: hands, head, penis, tail and both feet. Then he begs to be released. The porcupine stays with him until the morning. When the Boer arrives he sees the tracks of porcupine, follows them and beats porcupine. He also beats Jackal before releasing him from lime-man. Lesson to be learned according to translator: If you have got a work from which you live, you must not steel from your employer but do what he tells you to do.