Documentation of the Kelabit language, Sarawak, Malaysia
Group represented The Kelabit of Northern Sarawak, Malaysia.
Language information The Kelabit language is a Western Austronesian language spoken mainly in the fourth and fifth divisions of Sarawak, Malaysia. It is a member of the Apad Uat subgroup (sometimes referred to as Apo Duat or Kelabitic) which also includes Lun Bawang/Lundayeh, Sa'ban and Tring. Today, there are 18 longhouse communities where different dialects of Kelabit are spoken. This deposit includes materials collected in Bario and Pa' Umor (where northern varieties of Kelabit are traditionally spoken) and Pa' Dalih (where southern varieties of Kelabit are traditionally spoken). Some speakers from other villages are also represented in the recordings.
The current corpus includes audio and video recordings of varying lengths, as well as written materials. These encompass a range of genres from elicitation to experimental data to naturalistic text. The elicitation sessions cover a variety of topics from basic phonology and morphosyntax to more complex constructions and information structure. The experimental data include a number of narratives collected using the pear story video stimulus and five readings of a series of short paragraphs designed for prosodic analysis. The naturalistic texts include a variety of genres such as narratives, personal histories, procedural texts, conversations, formal speech, news reports and songs. Finally, a copy of the PhD thesis that resulted from the project is also provided. This includes a basic sketch grammar (chapter 2) and more detailed description of Kelabit voice alternations (chapter 3), pronouns (chapter 4) and word order (chapter 5).Audio and video recordings are annotated in ELAN with transcription, translation, comments and some tags relating to morphosyntactic analysis. Discussions on Kelabit orthography are ongoing and hence a provisional orthography is used that may be updated in future. More information on orthographic conventions can be found in the PhD thesis but note that the glottal stop is now represented with ' throughout the collection following community recommendations. Morphosyntactic tags are in the process of being added and will also be updated.
The materials in this deposit were collected over six and a half months of fieldwork from October-December 2013 and June-September 2014. They were collected by Charlotte Hemmings as part of a PhD research project to document and describe the Kelabit language with a particular focus on voice alternations and morphosyntactic variation. The recordings were collected following the methodology of language documentation and description and more information on the methods used in compiling the corpus and the nature of the recordings can be found in an appendix to the PhD thesis.Charlotte Hemmings is currently collecting further data on the Kelabit language as part of post-doctoral research and will continue to add to the deposit.
Acknowledgement and citation Users of any part of the corpus should acknowledge Charlotte Hemmings as the data collector and researcher. Individual speakers whose words and/or images are used should also be acknowledged by name along with any other contributors who transcribed or translated the data. This information can be found in the metadata for each recording. Finally, users should acknowledge the Wolfson Foundation, UK, as the funder of this research. To cite the corpus: Hemmings, Charlotte. 2017. Documentation of the Kelabit Language, Sarawak, Malaysia. London: SOAS, Endangered Languages Archive. URL: https://elar.soas.ac.uk/Collection/MPI1029735. Accessed on [insert date here].
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