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A Description and Documentation of Avatime
Contributor (consultant):Sammy
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.
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, Avatime was the target language
Sammy answers questions about the video clips. Rebecca gives the instructions
Sammy was one of our main informants for this project. He was born in Vane and has lived there most of his life. He has also spent some time in Accra. He speaks good English and Ewe.
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.
The recording was made using a Marantz PMD flash recorder. The recording is mono, 16 bit and 48 kHz.
The transcription here is only partial. The rest has been transcribed but not yet typed into ELAN.
Publisher:Saskia van Putten and Rebecca Defina
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
Avatime language
English language
Subject (ISO639):avn


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Citation: Sammy (consultant); Rebecca (researcher). 2008-11-17. Saskia van Putten and Rebecca Defina.
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