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A Description and Documentation of Avatime
Contributor (consultant):Mamavi
Contributor (interviewer):Sammy
Contributor (translator):Wisdom
Description:This story was recorded in Amedzofe at a meeting with 10 elderly people. The 10 people were divided into two groups and we talked with each group for an hour. In the first session Sammy interviewed the first five people about what has changed since they were young and what they think Amedzofe will be like in the future. In the second session, Sammy asked the other five people to tell their life stories and then asked if there were other stories or folk tales they could tell. This story was part of the second session in Amedzofe. Mamavi tells her life story. The recording of this story has been transcribed by Manfred, but has not been typed up.
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).
Sammy asks Mamavi about her life. Mamavi tells her life story. Sammy asks some questions about it, which she answers. At the end, Wisdom translates the story to English for us. The English translation is only included on the audio recording.
The questions and story are in Avatime, Wisdom then translates into English.
Sammy asks Mamavi about her life. Wisdom translates into English. There were six other people present, Saskia, Rebecca, Dagadu, Yawa, Peace and Awua.
Mamavi is one of the people we interviewed in Amedzofe on October 2, 2008. Mamavi was born in Amedzofe. She was able to go to kindergarten, but then she fell sick and so did no more schooling. She was married and had two children who have both died. She now supports herself by dying and selling clothes and farming.
Manfred Apati is an old man (65+) living in Fume. He is a member of the language committee founded by the GILLBT (SIL) group. He has followed a few linguistics / translation courses with GILLBT. He writes Avatime very well and has independently transcribed and translated many recordings for us.
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.
Wisdom was our contact person in the village Amedzofe and organised a gathering with a group of elders for us. He grew up in Amedzofe and has spent 11 years travelling through other African countries as a missionary. He has now trained as a priest.
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.
This story was told within a session in which 5 people told stories. The stories recorded in this session, in the order in which they were told, are: - life_KD - life_YD - life_AD - life_PA - life_MAf - ablabe_AD-YD - dog_PA For each of these stories, there is an audio recording and a video recording.
Publisher:Saskia van Putten and Rebecca Defina
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
English language
Avatime language
Subject (ISO639):eng


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Citation: Mamavi (consultant); Manfred; Sammy (interviewer); Wisdom (translator). 2008-10-02. Saskia van Putten and Rebecca Defina.
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