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A Description and Documentation of Avatime
Contributor (consultant):Esenam
Contributor (researcher):Rebecca
Description:Elicitation task with two students of the Junior Secondary School. Audio and video recorded. Not transcribed.
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).
In this elicitation task, the 'space game', 2 participants are sitting next to each other with a screen in the middle. One of them has an arrangement of objects laid out in front of him/her, the other person has the same objects, but unarranged. The person with the arranged objects has to describe the location and orientation of the objects to the other person, so that the other person can construe the same arrangement. They participants are not allowed to look at each other's objects. They are encouraged to interact. In this session, Kennedy and Esenam each directed one game. To explain the game to them, Saskia and Rebecca first demonstrated it in English.
Instructions and demonstrations were given in English. The task is carried out in Avatime.
Kennedy and Esenam carry out the task, Rebecca and Saskia demonstrate and record it.
Esenam is a student at the Junior Secondary School in Vane. She grew up in Vane and her parents are also from Vane.
Kennedy is a student at the Junior Secondary School in Vane whom we worked with several times. He grew up in Vane, his parents are both from Vane as well.
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.
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.
The recording was made using a JVC Everio digital video camera. The file is saved in MPEG2 format with 3400 kbps video encoding rate and 256 kbps audio encoding rate. The aspect ratio is 4:3 and the size of the video is 352 x 576. It is recorded in PAL format.
The recording was made using a Marantz PMD flash recorder. The recording is mono, 16 bit and 48 kHz. Apart from the space game, it also includes the lego route description task, performed by the same consultants.
Publisher:Saskia van Putten and Rebecca Defina
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
Avatime language
English language
Subject (ISO639):avn


Archive:  The Language Archive at the MPI for Psycholinguistics
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OaiIdentifier:  oai:www.mpi.nl:1839_00-0000-0000-0016-7724-1
DateStamp:  2017-02-14
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Citation: Esenam (consultant); Kennedy (consultant); Rebecca (researcher); Saskia (researcher). 2008-10-15. Saskia van Putten and Rebecca Defina.
Terms: area_Africa area_Europe country_GB country_GH iso639_avn iso639_eng

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Country: United KingdomGhana
Area: AfricaEurope

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