A documentation of Bati language and oral traditions

A documentation of Bati language and oral traditions

Language: Bati
Depositor: Emmanuel Ngue Um
Location: Cameroon
Deposit Id: 0421
ELDP Id: MDP0332
Level: Deposit

Summary of deposit
The documentation of Bati language and oral traditions aims at creating a repository of language and cultural data representative of the five varieties spoken in the Bati Canton, in the Littoral region of Cameroon.


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Emmanuel Ngue Um
Affiliation: Cerdotola & The University of Yaounde I

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Back-recording are those which document elicitation sessions between (a) consultant(s) and (a) researcher(s), based on previously recorded data. During a back-recording session, pre-recorded media (audio or video) are played back on ELAN, to both the consultant and the researcher. Playback of media files is carried out into smaller portions corresponding each to an ELAN annotation slot. Depending on the sound quality of a given slot, playback may be repeated two or more times. The entire process (playback and responses of the informant, as well as comments from the researcher) is then recorded from pre-set devices (digital voice recorder or/and camcorder

Recorded on: 2016-07-25

The interview takes place at the Kelleng Deputy Chief's residence at Mbog Bikom, a quarter of Kelleng which is located on the Kelleng-Kikot road. The research team have earlier requested to be granted an interview with Bong, one of the elders of the village. The interview is lead by Mbessi Makondo Gilbert, and questions elvolve around the history of Bati people, their historical relationships with their closest neighbors, the history of Mbombole, Bati's identity and belief, among others.

Recorded on: 2016-07-25

The interview takes place at Moise Nkwel's residence, and is monitored by Emmanuel Ngué Um, the main researcher for the Bati project. Nkwel is another elder of Kelleng, probably one of the eldest persons still alive in the village. He was born in Kelleng, but has spent many years out of his village, before coming back after he has retired from his job in the city. The interview is initially planned to last for two hours, but is interupted after one hour of recording. The interviewer asks a series of questions about the origin of the Bati people, their identity, the story of their migration. Nkwel Moïse is also asked by the interviewer to tell the story of his peronal life. In the course of the interview, the consultant shows signs of irritation and stress. This leads to the interruption of the recording. Prior to starting the interview proper, an oral consent has been requested form the informant, and is documented at the beginning of the recording.

Recorded on: 2016-03-17

In addition to the first two recording sessions previously held in Kelleng on cultural aspects of Bati people, a third interview was conducted. This interview is much similar to the first one; questions evolve around: the story of Bati as a community, their identity, relations with close neghbors, religious practices, mariage, etc.

Recorded on: Unspecified

The meeting is a monthly gathering of the women's association called 'Femmes Actives de Kelleng' (The Active Women of Kelleng). On this specific month, the meeting was hosted by .... who lives at Mbog Bikom one of the quarters of Kelleng which is located on the Kelleng - Kikot road. On the occasion of this meeting, ritual activities such as money collection (njangui) for savings, health insurance, and support for food supply, are performed. Each activity is regularly interupted by entertainment breaks during which songs are sung, often embelished with rudimentary muscial instruments, dances and dinghies. Though attendance of the meeting is open only to regular members, and in spite of the association being open exlusivement to women, that month's meeting was attended by non regular members as well, among which there were many males attendees. The research team has also been invited to attend the meeting. However, non regular attendees were not settled in the meeting hall; they have been kindly requested to settle outsite, and wait for food sharing which happens at the end of the meeting. In the course of that meeting, brand new uniforms were distributed to each associaton member, which has brought in addition thrills to the event.

Recorded on: 2016-03-17