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A Description and Documentation of Avatime
Contributor (consultant):Charity Bakudie
Contributor (researcher):Rebecca
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).
This was my first attempt to run the Tempest experiment. The Tempest experiment was designed by Bohnemeyer (2004) and consists of pairs of video clips which are minimally distinct in terms of the aspectual relation of the 2 events shown. One participant sees both clips and the other sees one and the task is for the person who saw both to determine through questions which clip the other person saw. The clips that Bohnemeyer used had degraded and so I recorded my own versions in Ghana and attempted to run the task. This first attempt failed. The girls didn't understand what I was asking of them. What they did was for the girl who had seen only one clip to describe it, then the girl who had seen both would report which clip the girl had seen and described. She was always correct and they never discussed the clips or questioned each other. There is a okra soup recipe at the end of the session.
English was the language of discussions and elicitation, Avatime was the target language
Rebecca questioned Charity and Dzedzo
Rebecca Defina is one of the researchers in this project. She did her bachelors in Linguistics and Mathematics at the University of Sydney and her research master in Linguistics at Leiden University. She started PhD studies at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in 2010. She grew up in Australia and now lives in the Netherlands.
Charity is a student at the Junior High School
Dzedzo is a student at the Junior High School. Unfortunately records of her last name and age etc have been lost.
The recording was made using a Marantz PMD flash recorder. The recording is mono, 16 bit and 48 kHz.
Publisher:Saskia van Putten and Rebecca Defina
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
English language
Avatime language
Subject (ISO639):eng


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Citation: Rebecca (researcher); Charity Bakudie (consultant); Dzedzo (consultant). 2008-10-29. Saskia van Putten and Rebecca Defina.
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