OLAC Record

Title:Trip to the garden (Zeri)
Morehead: Languages of Southern New Guinea
Contributor (researcher):Dr. Julia Colleen Miller
Dr. Penelope Johnson
Professor Nicholas Evans
Dr. Chris Healey
Contributor (speaker):Jimmy Nébni
Rusian Nébni
Doreen Wenembu
Coverage:Papua New Guinea
Description:Trip to Jimmy's yam garden in Zeri. Multiple recording devices used. Audio files (JMa) recorded with Zoom H4N; video recorded using Canon G-12 digital camera (JMc) and Canon video camera (PJv). nqn20120830-03-JMa01.wav: discussion of rotten yams, taro types and small yams. nqn20120830-03-JMa02.wav: yam planting magic, first told in English, then in Nen. (This is transcribed and included in this session). nqn20120830-03-JMa03.wav: the importance of fertilizing yam gardens; black taro (kabian); planting stake (petin); yam type (kndsnd). nqn20120830-03-JMa04.wav: digging yams in a second location in the garden (matching video: nqn20120830-03-JMc04.mpg); more on the purpose of small yams vs. large yams. nqn20120830-03-JMa05.wav: discussion of juggling game (adadu wir mäŋgus izärus). Session also includes an amusing story about the Zo bird (variety of bowerbird): nqn20120830-03-zo_story.wav which has been transcribed. Associated photos are included in this session. Keywordsː gardening; plants; procedural; Birds
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
Rusian is originally from Arufi Village, a Nambo speaking site. Her clan is Bangu. She is married to Jimmy Nébni.
Publisher:Professor Nicholas Evans
The Australian National University
English language
Nen language
Subject (ISO639):eng


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Citation: Dr. Julia Colleen Miller (researcher); Dr. Penelope Johnson (researcher); Jimmy Nébni (speaker); Professor Nicholas Evans (researcher); Rusian Nébni (speaker); Doreen Wenembu (speaker); Dr. Chris Healey (researcher). 2012-08-03. Professor Nicholas Evans.
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