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A Description and Documentation of Avatime
Contributor (researcher):Rebecca
Description:Elicitation based on Bohnemeyer's (2002) TEMPEST experiment. It is aimed at finding out how and whether speakers of a language make aspectual and relative timing distinctions. This is part 2 of 2.
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).
Bohnemeyer developed the TEMPEST experiment during his PhD (2002). This experiment is based on video clips showing two events (such as eating a banana or lying down). One event happens on the left hand side of the screen and the other on the right. There are several versions of each event pairing which contrast the relative timing between the events. So in one the banana eating will finish before the other person lies down and in another the person will lie down while the other is still eating the banana. I found that the clips that Bohnemeyer used were not usable in the Avatime context. Thus Saskia and I (Rebecca) rerecorded our own version of video clips. We did not rerecord the full set but made sure that the different event types and relative orderings were all represented. You can contact me to get copies of the clips. In this task the clips were paired so that in each pair the only difference was the relative ordering of the events (so like the pair mentioned above). The consultant's task was to watch the two video clips and describe the difference between them. This was meant to focus them in on the difference in temporal ordering rather than the particulars of the events. I found that people were still quite focussed on the particulars of the events and did not abstract the temporal ordering far away from them.
English was the language of discussions and elicitation, Avatime was the target language
Fo Yao answers questions about the video clips. Rebecca gives the instructions
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.
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.
This file contains only the segmentation. For the transcription see the pdf. Unfortunately they haven't been merged yet.
For the audio see the ELAN file. Note that the first part of this file contains the transcription for Tempest_WO_1
This is part 2 of 2. The rest of the Tempest material is done with WO in tempest_WO_1
Publisher:Saskia van Putten and Rebecca Defina
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
Avatime language
English language
Subject (ISO639):avn


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