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Title:Grammar Elicitation - part 2- Kelleng village
A Documentation of Bati Language and Oral Traditions
Contributor (consultant):MBESSI MAKONDO
Description:Elicitation of grammatical information is an important component of the research project. In spite of the project's methodology being sociolinguistically oriented, elicitation is called into play to complement possibly missing information in naturally recorded data. Grammar elicitation has been carried out with the aid of pre-compiled questionnaire. The bulk of entries in the questionnaire has been drawned from Bouquiaux's ().
The project to Document aspects of Bati language and oral traditions is an original idea of Dr Emmanuel-Moselly Makasso, who had initially surveyed the Bati speech area as part of a pilot research project granted by the Ministry of Scientific Research and Technological Innovation of the Republic of Cameroon. Based on the results of this pilot research which have revealed a situation of critical endangerment of Bati language and ancestral practices, the idea to submit a major documentation project to ELDP has matured. The project has eventually been submitted during the 2015 funding round with Dr Emmanuel Ngué Um as Principal Investigator, and Dr Emmanuel-Moselly Makasso as co-applicant. The project started in October 1st, 2015, and will run till the 30th of September in 2018.
The session evolves around question-response stimuli. The researcher spells out an entry in the questionnaire (word form, phrase, sentence, etc.), and asks the consultant to translate it into French.
Elicitation is done in the French language
Gwladys Makon is a team research member for the Bati projet. She is enrolled in the PHD programme at the Department of African Languages and Linguistics. Makon is a PHD fellow for the Bati projet, and she is mainly concerned with providing a comprehensive grammatical description of Bati language, all three dialects inclusive. During her undergraduate study at the Department of African Languages and Linguistics at the University of Yaoundé I, Gwladys Makon has red, among others, the followingn subjets: Introduction to general linguistics, phonetics, phonology (with special emphasis on Bantu languages), introduction to sociolinguistics, language teaching, language planning, etc.
Mbessi Makondo Gilbert as acted as one of the key informants for the research team during the first year of the project. Due to his extensive multilingualism coupled with a high sense of public network and relations, he has assisted the research team in most of their whereabouts throughout the various consultants who have agreed to lend themselves to research exercises. In some cases, Mbessi Gilbert has acted as the interviewer. This approach has been privileged in surveys dealing with anthropological, cultural and religous aspects. He had been trained by the research team in the monitoring of interviews, and in questionnaire administration, and has proven to be a talented and committed research assistant.
Identifier (URI):https://lat1.lis.soas.ac.uk/ds/asv?openpath=MPI1101977%23
Publisher:Ngué Um Emmanuel
International Center for Research and Documentation on African Traditions and Languages (CERDOTOLA)
Grammar Elicitation


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Citation: MAKON; MBESSI MAKONDO (consultant). 2017-06-12. Ngué Um Emmanuel.

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