Initial Documentation of Na'ahai, a language of Malakula, Vanuatu


Initial Documentation of Na'ahai, a language of Malakula, Vanuatu

Language: Na'ahai
Depositor: Anastasia Riehl
Location: Vanuatu
Deposit Id: 0245
ELDP Id: PPG0047
Level: Deposit

Summary of deposit

Na’ahai is an underdescribed language of the southwest coast of Malakula Island in Vanuatu, spoken by less than 1000 people.

This collection was started with two central aims: One is to undertake initial documentation of the language, in the form of a basic grammatical sketch as well as a transcribed and translated collection of audio and video recordings of stories, songs, and dialogues. The other goal is to train community members in their own ongoing documentation of the language, in particular in the compilation of a dictionary, for which there is considerable local interest.



Group represented
Na'ahai speakers, Malakula.

Language information
Na’ahai is an underdescribed Austronesian language of the southwest coast of Malakula Island in Vanuatu, spoken by less than 1000 people. Its word stock is being supplanted by Bislama. Dialects: Milip, Orierh (Na’ahai), Toman. Alternate names: Malfaxal, Malvaxal-Toman Island, Taman, Tomman.

Status

Curated
Resources online and curated

Depositor

Anastasia Riehl
Affiliation: University of South Pacific

Deposit Statistics

Data from 2017 April 30 to 2017 April 30
Deposit hits:1
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Remon demonstrates basket-weaving

Recorded on: 2016-05-03




Demonstration of basket-weaving

Recorded on: 2016-05-03




Remon demonstrates how to make bread on the fire

Recorded on: 2016-05-03




A short religious song about being with Jesus; one line repeated several times; introduction to song in Na'ahai and Bislama.

Recorded on: 2016-05-03




Explanation of copra production

Recorded on: 2016-05-03




Family singing Christian song together.

Recorded on: 2016-05-03




History of the formation of Toman Island

Recorded on: 2016-05-03




Explanation of how to build a house

Recorded on: 2016-05-03




Demonstration of several different methods of kava production

Recorded on: 2016-05-03




Children demonstrate several games/songs

Recorded on: 2016-05-03