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A Description and Documentation of Avatime
Contributor (consultant):Susan
Description:Susan and Esther do the MPI for Psycholinguistic's 'men and tree' task.
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).
The men and tree task consists of 4 sets of pictures of toy men and trees and other objects arranged in different spatial configurations. There are 2 copies of each set. One speaker has a full set and the other has only half the pictures of that set. They sit next to each other but cannot see each other's pictures. It is the task of the person who has all pictures to find out through questions which pictures the other person has.
English was the language of discussions and elicitation, Avatime was the target language
Esther and Susan take turns in the director and matcher roles with different sets of pictures. Esther starts out as the director with half of the set and Susan has a full copy of the set and tries to find out via questions which pictures Esther also has.
Susan is a student at the Junior Secondary School in Vane. We worked with her several times. She seems to be clever and was very good at all the tasks we have asked her to do. She grew up in Vane.
Esther is a student at the Junior Secondary School in Vane. She is probably around 14 years old. She grew up in Vane.
The recording was made using a Marantz PMD flash recorder. The recording is mono, 16 bit and 48 kHz.
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.
Publisher:Saskia van Putten and Rebecca Defina
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
Avatime language
English language
Subject (ISO639):avn


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Citation: Susan (consultant); Esther (consultant). 2008-10-15. Saskia van Putten and Rebecca Defina.
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Country: United KingdomGhana
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