Documentation and grammar of Gutob (Munda)
The deposit will contain recordings of Gutob (ISO gbj), a language from the Munda branch of the Austro-Asiatic language family which is spoken in Southern Odisha and Northern Andhra Pradhesh. The project is based in the village of Jalahanzar in the Koraput district of Odisha, India, but the deposit will contain recordings from other villages as well.
Furthermore, the deposit may contain recordings in Desia (Indo-Aryan, ISO dso), which is the local lingua franca to which the Gutob are rapidly shifting. It is the native language of groups such as the Kumar (potters), the Goudo (herdsmen), the Dombo (weavers and musicians), with whom the Gutob share their villages. All of these groups form a hierarchical social system expressed in commensality rules, with different functions and responsibilities with regard to economy and rituals.
The collection will contain audiovisual data from the Gutob community. Since they share their villages with other, Desia speaking groups in an socially and economically interdependent structure, the collection may also include Data from other villagers who are monolingual Desia speaker.
The data to be deposited here will be collected during a six months fieldtrip from October 2016 to March 2017. The following year will be used for linguistic analysis. A second field trip is planned from February to April 2018.
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