OLAC Record

Morehead: Languages of Southern New Guinea
Contributor:Railey Mbäi Abia
Contributor (researcher):Christian Döhler
Contributor (speaker):Marua Bai
Coverage:Papua New Guinea
Description:This is an elicitation / discussion about the particular uses of plants. In the previous week, a botanist had visited the village. The native/local biologist pointed out plants and the botanist sampled pieces of bark, leaves, fruits or sometimes even flowers. After each walk the samples were sorted and pressed as vouchers to take to the Herbarium in Lae for further identification. While the botanist collected samples, I wrote down the name of each plant and made some notes about its use or significance. This way, about 150 lexical items were collected over the course of two days. This recording is part of revisiting those 150 lexical items and plants in order to record the correct pronunciation and inquire further about the usage of each particular plant.
This project focuses on collecting multimedia documentation of multiple undescribed Papuan languages – Nen and Nambu (Morehead-Maro) and Kmntso (Tonda). Other nearby languages will have varrying degrees of description, including Idi, Nama, and Neme. All of these languages belong to an almost completely unknown family in Southern New Guinea. Based at the Australian National University in Canberra, plus collaborations with the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, and the PNG National Herbarium, the project will embed a German PhD student (Christian Döhler) in a team including a seasoned field linguist (Nick Evans) and a post-doc (Julia Colleen Miller), two Germany-based typologists (Bernard Comrie and Volker Gast) from the FAUST (Future Archive User Simulation Team), plus participation on targeted fieldtrips by ethnobiologist Chris Healey (ANU) and botanist Kipiro Damas (PNG National Herbarium, Madang). Particular foci of the documentation will be the natural world (especially ethnobotany and ethnoornithology), swidden cultivation, fire management and ethnoecology, mythology, auto-ethnography, ethnomathematics, and microvariation in language use in a situation of daily multilingualism.nichola
Publisher:Professor Nicholas Evans
The Australian National University
Wára language
English language
Subject (ISO639):tci


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DateStamp:  2017-02-14
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Citation: Christian Döhler (researcher); Marua Bai (speaker); Railey Mbäi Abia. 2011-10-01. Professor Nicholas Evans.
Terms: area_Europe area_Pacific country_GB country_PG iso639_eng iso639_tci

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Country: United KingdomPapua New Guinea
Area: EuropePacific

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