Documentation of Northern Alta, a Philippine Negrito language
The project documents daily practices and past stories of Northern Alta communities which located along the rivers of Aurora province (Luzon, Northeastern Philippines). The outputs include recordings (video and audio) of monologues and some dialogues, with correspondent annotation.
The project will also include a lexical database and a sketch grammar. Additional information and updates will also be provided on the project's website: www.documentingalta.com. All data and metadata will be organized with Arbil.
Group represented Philippines Negrito, Northern Alta
Northern Alta (aqn) is an Austronesian language spoken by a group of Negrito people in the Northern Philippines. It is distantly related to Southern Alta (agy).
The Negritos are considered to be the first inhabitants of the Philippines. According to archeological and genetic evidence, they arrived to the area at least 40,000 years ago, and were probably the sole occupants until the arrival of the Austronesians, about 4,000 years ago. The Negritos then entered a period of close contact with the Austronesians, who had brought their technology with them and were in a position of power, triggering a process of language shift. Today the Philippine Negrito languages are classified as Austronesian, but most of them are poorly documented and little is known about their history.
As the speakers of Alta were living in the mountains of the Sierra Madre until the nineties (when they settled down in the lowlands), the collection includes a number of recordings where the speakers describe their past life, and the differences with their current lifestyle.
Other recordings include a wide range of topics which can be browsed through the ‘topic’ block, on the left of this page. Relevant topics include hunting (dog hunting, shotgun, snare traps), fresh water fishing (with goggles or iron rod), plants and usages, searching and cutting ratan, cooking, handcrafts, and some biographical recordings.
Deposit contents This deposit contains the following datasets:
- a set of monolingual elicitation sessions (1 - 13)
- a set of recorded wordlists (22 - 37)
- a set of audio recordings (14 - 21) and (38 - 68), most of which include an additional transcription tier where the modifications of native consultants are noted
- a set of video recordings (70 - 110), which is currently being annotated (transcription and translation)
- a set of photos taken at the communities between 2013 and 2016 (sessions 111 - 118)
Metadata is organized with arbil in .imdi format. Each session bundle may include a video recorded file (mp3), a converted audio file (wav), the recorded transcription (wav), the recorded translation to Tagalog (wav), some photos (jpg), some documents (pdf). File types can be visualised on the ‘type’ block on the left of this page.
Legacy materials (audio sessions 1 to 69) were collected and annotated between 2013 and 2015.
Video recorded sessions (70 to 110) were collected annotated between March and July 2016, with the support of an ELDP grant.
The collection (sessions 1 to 118) was uploaded to ELAR in April 2017.
None of the data from this collection can be used in a lawsuit.
Acknowledgement and citation
Users of this collection should acknowledge Alex Garcia-Laguia as the researcher and Alex Garcia-Laguia and Marilyn Gallego as the data collectors.
To refer to any data from this collection, please cite the corpus in this way.
Garcia-Laguia, Alexandro. 2017. Documentation of Northern Alta, a Philippine Negrito language, London: SOAS, Endangereded Languages Archive. URL: https://elar.soas.ac.uk/Collection/MPI1032028. Accessed on [insert date here].