Documentation and Description of the Hrusso Aka Language of Arunachal Pradesh


Documentation and Description of the Hrusso Aka Language of Arunachal Pradesh

Language: Hrusso Aka (ISO639-3:hru)
Depositor: Vijay D'Souza
Location: India
Deposit Id: 0417
ELDP Id: IGS0277
Level: Deposit


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This is a collection of language resources in the form of Audio, video and text materials in Hrusso Aka, a language spoken by about 4000 speakers in the West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh, India. It is an interesting language because of its dissimilarities with other languages in the region. It is highly endangered due to the ongoing rapid language shift to Hindi. The collection contains various genre of natural and elicited language forms such as stories, mythology, conversations, songs, dances, word lists etc, and is made possible by a long-standing collaboration between the researcher and members of the Hrusso Aka community. We hope to use this collection to eventually produce a grammar, a dictionary, primers, and digital media outputs. We also aim to train local youth and language consultants in orthography, literature development and language support.

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Vijay D'Souza
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Affiliation: University of Oxford

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Data from 2018 July 22 to 2018 July 22
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In the session, Binai and Sadeo, from the village of Buragaon, weave a bamboo basket called 'mo'. As the recording unfolds over an hour or so, you will see two baskets being made from bamboo strips. Recording is done in a very natural setting, with the consultants immersed in their work, and carrying out a spontaneous conversation, meandering from one topic to another. Basket weaving is a dying art among the Hrusso Akas. This video aims to document it by showing and explaining how it is done. Among the four sets of media files, the first three show the two men actually weaving the baskets. They begin with nothing but bamboo strips, and walk home with fully prepared baskets. Once the baskets are made, they also explain how to weave baskets in the last video (hru...04). The videos are best viewed with ELAN files. This is because the original soundtracks of the videos are not of the best quality, as they are from the inbuilt camera microphones. However, excellent soundtracks are separately provided, and are synchronised with the videos In ELAN. The soundtracks not only capture the conversation very clearly, but also the sound of the bamboo strips as the baskets are being made. You will also occasionally hear other sounds of the village: people speaking at a distance, birds, auto mobiles and so forth. The sound-effect is such that one gets a immersive experience of spatiality of sounds. In sets numbered 'hru_1223_basket_03' and 'hru_1223_basket_04', two cameras were used to capture the craft from two different angles. The main camera was placed in front of the consultants and a secondary camera, above their workplace. These can be viewed using the respective ELAN files.

Recorded on: 2016-03-02




This is a conversation between Gena and Bachim recounting the various types of fish, birds and animals that they know. The place of recording: Gena's kitchen, Model Village (Lower Bhalukpong) Equipment used: video - Canon XA20 video camera audio - Superlux S502 stereo microphone, also recorded with Audio technica 803B lavalier microphones, recorded separately on Marantz PMD 661 MK2 recorder (but former means of recording is the one used in the completed file here present) still - Canon 700D Recording conditions: Children can be heard making noise, singing and playing in the background. The recording was taken in the evening, at 7-8pm.

Recorded on: 2016-08-02





Gena and Bachim are having a jovial and meandering conversation, switching from topic to topic and chiding each other along the way. They reminisced and made fun of life itself. Bachim, as in 'hru_1203a_gena_bachim', had already been making merry with the help of traditional rice wine, and so I was hesitant about the propriety of recording her in an inebriated state, and so I asked both Gena (her husband) and her son if I ought to proceed. They both emphatically said that I should, as no offence would be taken and they would like to have a record of her jovial nature. The place of recording: Gena's kitchen, Model Village (Lower Bhalukpong) Equipment used: video - Canon XA20 video camera audio - Superlux S502 stereo microphone, also recorded with Audio technica 803B lavalier microphones, recorded separately on Marantz PMD 661 MK2 recorder (but former means of recording is the one used in the completed file here present) still - Canon 700D Recording conditions: Children can be heard making noise, singing and playing in the background. The recording was taken in the evening, at 7-8pm.

Recorded on: 2016-08-02




A conversation that led to coining new words for grammatical concepts in Hrusso Aka

Recorded on: 2017-05-09





Mrs. Sadem Jebisow is well-known mouth harp player in the Hrusso Area. She wants us to record her playing it so that her skill can be passed on to the younger generation.

Recorded on: 2017-05-20




Mr. Pinchu Jebisow plays melodies on the traditional flute and the horse-hair fiddle.

Recorded on: 2017-05-20




Mrs. Sadem Jebisow sings traditional songs which are considered deeply meaningful and sacred.

Recorded on: 2017-05-20




Amita Sangcho is well-known for her skills in weaving traditional clothes. In this session she weaves a shawl and gives a step by step explanation on how to weave.

Recorded on: 2016-02-28