OLAC Record

Title:NIght-time conversations at fire
Audio-visual documentation of Meakambut ways of speaking
Contributor (researcher):Darja
Contributor (speaker):Yakalok
Description:conversation intertwined with song
The Meakambut are semi-nomadic hunter-gatherers, numbering about 60, moving between camps and rock shelters in their mountainous territory in East Sepik Province in Papua New Guinea. As one of very few semi-nomadic groups in Melanesia, they are key for understanding the (socio)linguistic situation which would have prevailed before agriculture. Apart from basic word-lists there has been no prior research on the language. Using observational filming to supplement basic linguistic and ethnographic documentation, this project provides audio-visual documentation and analysis of a variety of Meakambut speech practices, embedded in rich ethnographic data.
The actors are sitting next to fire at Kombit, cooking flying foxes in ground oven and swallows on thefire, talking about the previous day, about plans for the next day, remembering past, talking about spirits and their feelings, Marauk singing in-between. night-time conversation, spirits, food, caves access: S
age estimated fluent in TP, spent extended periods of time in other places. can understand a bit of Anday, a litttle less of Enga Learned a bit of Awiakay when assisting my research in Kanjimei quick learner, good language assistant, VERY communicative
age estimated in 2015 can communicate in Tok Pisin, can sing well in Enga and Anday, has basic knowledge of both.
age estimated in 2015 Marauk is a good speaker of Tok Pisin. He has been to town and to other places. He can also undesrtand some Enga and Anday, and sing well in both lan
age estimated Fluent in TP Can understand a bit of Anday. Very communicative. Limited knowledge of Anday and Enga.
age estimated Yukun can speak a little bit of Tok Pisin
age estimated Wandimbi can undersatnad a little bit of Tok Pisin
Darja's mother tongue is Slovene, her working languages are Tok Pisin and English. She is fluent in Tok Pisin and Awiakay, but has only basic knowledge of Meakambut. She's the researcher and filmmaker.
Identifier (URI):https://lat1.lis.soas.ac.uk/ds/asv?openpath=MPI1088565%23
Publisher:Darja Hoenigman
The Australian National University
Subject:night-time conversation
Tok Pisin language
Subject (ISO639):tpi


Archive:  Endangered Languages Archive
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OaiIdentifier:  oai:soas.ac.uk:MPI1088565
DateStamp:  2018-02-13
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Search Info

Citation: Yakalok (speaker); Taniol (speaker); Marauk (speaker); Wapi (speaker); Yukun (speaker); Wandimbi (speaker); Darja (researcher). 2016-01-19. Darja Hoenigman.
Terms: area_Pacific country_PG iso639_tpi

Inferred Metadata

Country: Papua New Guinea
Area: Pacific

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