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A Description and Documentation of Avatime
Contributor (consultant):Yao
Contributor (researcher):Saskia
Description:Saskia did the 'Slobin manner clips' and 'come and go questionnaire' tasks with Yao. Annotated 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).
First, Saskia showed the Slobin manner clips to Fo Yao and after each clip asked in Avatime 'what did he/she do'. The clips show people moving in different manners. After this, Saskia demonstrates the scenes from the 'come and go questionnaire' (Wilkins and Hill, 1993) with a doll moving through a toy landscape and asked again in Avatime after each scene 'what did he/she do'. The 'come and go questionnaire' consists of 20 schematic motion scenes which differ in path of motion.
Questions asked by Saskia are as much as possible in Avatime, but sometimes in English. Responses by Fo Yao in 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.
Exported from ELAN.
Annotated by Saskia.
Wilkins, David P. and Deborah Hill. 1993. Preliminary 'COME' and 'GO' questionnaire. In Eve Danziger and Deborah Hill (eds.), Manual for the space stimuli kit 1.2, 29-46. Nijmegen: Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Cognitive Anthropology Research Group. The Slobin manner clips can be found in the stimuli set of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics.
Publisher:Saskia van Putten and Rebecca Defina
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
Subject:Elicitation session
slobin_manner, come_go, motion
English language
Avatime language
Subject (ISO639):eng


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Citation: Saskia (researcher); Yao (consultant). 2008-11-12. Saskia van Putten and Rebecca Defina.
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