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A Description and Documentation of Avatime
Contributor (consultant):Yao
Contributor (researcher):Saskia
Description:Elicitation session with Yao to determine the tone patterns of certain words, to determine how many tones Avatime has. Has been transcribed in ELAN by Saskia.
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).
I went through some words and phrases that according to Schuh (1995) and/or Ford (1971) have a mid tone somewhere (Ford's tone 2). I asked Yao if he knew the words, and asked him to put them in a sentence and whistle the sentence. I also asked him to compare the tones to tones in other words. The goal was to find out whether this mid tone or tone 2 occurs in Avatime, as we had difficulties identifying it.
Questions and discussion are in English, language under discussion is Avatime.
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.
Fo Yao was one of our main consultants. He helped us transcribe and translate texts, gave us information about cultural practises and helped us in many long elicitation sessions. He was born in Vane and worked as a teacher before he retired. Sadly, he passed away in October 2009.
The recording was made using a Marantz PMD flash recorder. The recording is mono, 16 bit and 48 kHz.
Transcribed by Saskia. The transcription uses our old convention for tone-marking. This convention is: double acute accent = former extra-high tone = current high tone acute accent = former high tone = current mid tone macron = former mid tone = currently absent grave accent = former low tone = current low tone
Ford, Kevin C. 1971. Aspects of Avatime syntax. Ph.D. thesis. Legon: University of Ghana. Schuh, Russell G. 1995a. Aspects of Avatime phonology. Studies in African Linguistics, 241. 31-67.
Publisher:Saskia van Putten and Rebecca Defina
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
Subject:Elicitation session
tone, tone2
English language
Avatime language
Subject (ISO639):eng


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Citation: Saskia (researcher); Yao (consultant). 2008-11-13. Saskia van Putten and Rebecca Defina.
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