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Title:Interview-02 with Nyeb Nicole
Documentation of Bati Language and Oral Traditions
Contributor (consultant):LIYEB
Contributor (researcher):NGUE UM
Description:The documentation of Bati language and oral traditions aims at creating a repository of language and cultural data representative of the five varieties spoken in the Bati Canton, in the Littoral region of Cameroon. Number of Bati speakers is estimated at 800. The resulting corpus will lay the empirical ground for cross-dialectal studies in linguistics and others fields in the humanities such as anthropology, which will better inform on the bi-vectorial dynamics of Bati language and identity, torn as they are, between the Mbam and the Basaa groups respectively.
The interview between the researcher and the consultant takes place in the family residence. The consultant does not live permanently in the village, but pays regular visits to her parents who live there. She had been visiting her parent when the researcher came to survey in Nyambat. The session aims to elicit basic terminology and expression of every day language use. The objective which underlies this elicitation session is to allow cross-comparison with data relating to language use in the other Bati villages. As it turned out, however, the consultant showed glaring signs of poor mastery of Bati language, in spite of her earlier claim that she was fluent in her ethnic language. This unexpected circumstance has affected the timing of the session, as many pre-recorded terms proved not to be within the consultant's reach.
French is used as the source language, while Bati (Nyambat variety) is used as the target language.
Liyeb Nicole is a daughter to Liyeb André. She was born in Mbanjock where his father was employed for many years. After his father's retirement, she has kept in the city where she lives most of her time. This justifies her average fluency in Bati and in other neighboring languages.
Emmanuel Ngué Um is the Principal Investigator for the Bati project. He is mainly employed at the University of Yaoundé one where he holds the position of Senior Lectuer of Linguistics, in the Departement of Cameroonian Languages and Cultures at the Higher Teacher Training School. Ngué Um is also Associate Researcher at CERDOTOLA, where he is charged with the responsibility of Archive Manager for ALORA (Archive of Languages and Oral Resources of Africa).
MDP 0332
Identifier (URI):https://lat1.lis.soas.ac.uk/ds/asv?openpath=MPI1074103%23
Publisher:Emmanuel Ngue Um
International Center for Research and Documentation on African Traditions and Languages CERDOTOLA
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Citation: LIYEB (consultant); NGUE UM (researcher). 2016-08-03. Emmanuel Ngue Um.

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