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
Grant id: MDP0332
Funding body: ELDP
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.

Status

Collection online
Resources online and curated

Depositor

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

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This session deals with the historical life of the Mbangele, otherwise known as Bati. The interview is monitored by a native of Kelleng village who has lived for a long time in the village with the consultant. The focus of this session is on aspects of the ancestral life of the Mbangele people which tend to be lost because they are not passed down to younger generations. The recording takes place at the consultant's house, an elderny woman who is reputed in Kelleng for her wit and faithful memory, and who had been exposed continuously to custodians of ancestral traditions in the course of her yound age through out her entire life. Questions which are laid down to guide the consultant relate to the historical life per se, but also to aspects of oral literature such as lullabies and other traditional songs.

Recorded on: 2016-06-12




This session involves an elderly women, probably the eldest among women in Kelleng. She has accepted to interact with the research team about aspects of the ancestral life to which she has been exposed during her young age. The elderly woman acknowledges significant changes in life style which have occurred since the colonial time till the present time. While she expresses nostalgia about some of the life habits which have now been abandonned, she also acknowledges that not everything was desirable in the old days. One Of the challenges which the Bati community used to be faced with in the old days is war.

Recorded on: 2017-06-13




Even though the main topic of this session is related to aspects of the historical life of Kelleng village in particular and of the named Bati community in general, the introductory part of the interaction deals with community life among Bati community. The session is introduced by Emmanuel Ngué Um the Principal investigator. He asks the main consultant to comment on the prevailing conflict over Mbombole (Ngog Lituba) between the catholic churc and some Mbombog (the custodians of traditional power in the Bati-Mpoo-Basaa cultural group). The interview carries on further with Mbessi Makondo a native of Kelleng taking the lead as monitor. He interviews Bong Bong, one of the elderly of Mbog Bikom in Kelleng village about ancestral life habits of the Bati people. Towards the end of the recording, participants interact about miscellaneous topics.

Recorded on: 2017-06-14




This session deals with basic expressions and terms which are common in every day language use. The interview is orchestrated in a similus-response mode using a questionnaire of pre-defined terms and expressions.

Recorded on: 2015-12-05




This session deals with issues relating to the community life in the Bati Canton. The main topic under discussion during the interaction is the conflict over Mbombole between the catholic church and some Mbombog of the Bati-Mpoo-Basaa cultural group.

Recorded on: 2017-06-11




This session deals with issues relating to the community life in the Bati Canton. Recording takes place in Chief Bikoko's courtyard, in front of his priestly hut. The main topic under discussion during the interaction is the conflict over Mbombole between the catholic church and some Mbombog of the Bati-Mpoo-Basaa cultural group.

Recorded on: 2017-06-17




This session deals with issues relating to the community life in the Bati Canton. Recording takes place at Mbombog Njambga's courtyard. The main topic under discussion during the interaction is the conflict over Mbombole between the catholic church and some Mbombog of the Bati-Mpoo-Basaa cultural group.

Recorded on: 2017-06-18




The eighth session takes over session seven.

Recorded on: 2017-06-13




The eleventh session takes over session ten.

Recorded on: 2017-06-14




This session of wordlist elicitation is the continuation of 'Kelleng-Wordlist_04', based on SIL's comparative wordlist for Africa

Recorded on: 2015-12-05