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Title:Child3 Recording Cycle13 Session03 Child Language Development
Documentation of Chintang and Puma, two Kiranti languages of Eastern Nepal
Contributor (speaker):Gyan Bahadur
Description:Third session of the thirteenth recording cycle with Kalpana (child 3 of Child Language Development Study).
The aim of the project is to provide a rich linguistic and ethnographic documentation of two highly endangered but almost totally undocumented languages in eastern Nepal, Chintang and Puma. These languages belong to the Kiranti family of Tibeto-Burman. Chintang is spoken by the Chintang Rai in Chintang Village Development Committee (VDC) of Dhankuta district. Puma is spoken by the Puma Rai in Diplung, Mauwabote, Devisthan and Pauwasera VDCs, to the south of Khotang bazar in Khotang district. Both these districts are situated in the eastern hilly part of the country.http://www.cpdp.uzh.ch
This session is recorded on the veranda of Kalpana's home. Kalpana has a book. Her elder siblings and Rikhi (her neighbour and our language consultant) ask Kalpana the names of pictures in her book.
The conversationn, in this session, is in Chintang language. The children use a lot of Nepali words and a few English words while reading their book.
Gyan Bahadur is a shaman (nangsuba) in Chintang. He is a neighbour of Kalpana's family and husband of Padam Kumari, Kamala's elder maternal aunt. He is from the Arihang clan.
Samjhana, also called 'Samje' and 'Jethi', is the eldest sister of Kalpana. She is Kamala's cousin (daughter of younger paternal uncle). She is a student in 3rd grade. She helps her parents in the household, too.
He is a native speaker of Chintang and research assistant in the CPDP project. He is M.Ed. in English Education. He is Khem's neighbour. His home is an hour away from our target children Man Kumar and Saphal. He belongs to the Bolana clan of Chintang Rai. He is a research assistant in the Chintang language research team.
Rikhi Maya Rai was born and brought up in Chintang, Mulgaun. She works as one of our regular language consultants and has been working as a research collaborator helping with grammatical analysis, transcriptions and translations. She is a college student doing a BEd in English and was in the third year when the project started. Both she and her parents are Chintang native speakers, but they are Bantawa by ethnicity. She has never left the area for a longer time.
Ranjana, also called 'Ranje' is the elder sister of Kalpana. She is the second child of her parents. She is a student in 1st grade. She takes care of her sister Kalpana in their mother's absence. She is Kamala's cousin (daughter of younger paternal uncle).
Our target child Kalpana, also called 'Kanchi' at home, is the youngest child of her parents and has three elder siblings. She is Kamala's cousin (daughter of younger paternal uncle).
Prithvi Narayan, also called 'Perte' and 'Pecce', is the elder brother of Kalpana. He is Kamala's cousin (younger paternal uncle's son). He is the only son of his parents. He sometimes goes to school with his elder siblings.
Jitendra Rai is known as 'Jite' in the village. He is the neighbour of Kamala's and Kalpana's family. He is the son of Kamala's and Kalpana's younger granduncle's son. His mother is Newar and his father is Chintang Rai. He is a 1st grader.
Publisher:Prof. Dr. Balthasar Bickel
University of Leipzig
Child Talk
Nepali (macrolanguage)
Chhintange language
English language
Subject (ISO639):nep


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Citation: Gyan Bahadur (speaker); Samjhana (speaker); Manoj; Rikhi (speaker); Ranjana (speaker); Kalpana; Prithvi (speaker); Jitendra (speaker). 2005-07-01. Prof. Dr. Balthasar Bickel.
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