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A Description and Documentation of Avatime
Contributor (consultant):Susan
Contributor (researcher):Saskia
Description:Susan describes what she sees in the 'ECOM' clips. Then she describes some motion events demonstrated by Saskia with duplo materials.
The Avatime project aims to describe and document Avatime. The researchers involved in this project are Rebecca Defina and Saskia van Putten. The project included fieldwork in Ghana in 2008 and was completed in 2009. Outcomes of the project are: (1) audio and video recordings of different genres, of which 13,5 hours have been transcribed and annotated, (2) an Avatime-English wordlist, (3) grammar notes and (4) two Master's theses, one on the expression of motion in Avatime (Saskia van Putten) and one on aspect and mood in Avatime (Rebecca Defina).
Susan gives a description of the ECOM clips (Bohnemeyer & Caelen 1999). This is a set of video clips of moving geometrical shapes. They are meant to find out information about how motion events are encoded. However, this did not work with Susan. She made up stories of what happened and why, rather than sticking to the rather abstract description of the motion that the clips are meant to elicit. After this, Susan describes several motion events that are demonstrated by Saskia using duplo materials.
Susan describes the clips and duplo motion events in Avatime. Saskia explains the tasks in English and asks 'what happened' in between the clips/events in Avatime.
Susan speaks mostly on this recording, Saskia asks a question every now and then. The recording has been transcribed and translated by Adzoyo and Saskia.
Da Adzo was one of our main consultants. She has helped us transcribe and translate recordings, helped us in elicitation sessions and gave us cultural information. She was born in Vane, moved to Accra after she got married and moved back to Vane at 62.
Saskia van Putten is one of the researchers in this project. She did her bachelor in Languages and Cultures of Africa and her research master in Linguistics, both at Leiden University. She started PhD studies at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in 2009. Saskia grew up and still lives in the Netherlands.
Susan is a student at the Junior Secondary School in Vane. We worked with her several times. She seems to be clever and was very good at all the tasks we have asked her to do. She grew up in Vane.
The recording was made using a Marantz PMD flash recorder. The recording is mono, 16 bit and 48 kHz.
This is the annotation of the recording. The numbers of the second part correspond to numbers in the ELAN file.
This ELAN file only includes numbers that refer to annotations which can be found in the corresponding toolbox file.
Bohnemeyer, Jürgen & Martijn Caelen. 1999. The ECOM clips: A stimulus for the linguistic coding of event complexity. In: "Manual" for the 1999 Field Season, David Wilkins (ed.), 74-86. Nijmegen: Language and Cognition group, Max Planck Institute.
Publisher:Saskia van Putten and Rebecca Defina
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
ECOM, motion
English language
Avatime language
Subject (ISO639):eng


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Citation: Adzoyo; Saskia (researcher); Susan (consultant). 2008-11-26. Saskia van Putten and Rebecca Defina.
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Country: United KingdomGhana
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