Documentation and grammar of Gutob (Munda)

Documentation and grammar of Gutob (Munda)

Language: Gutob (ISO639-3:gbj)
Depositor: Judith Voß
Location: India
Deposit Id: 0444
Grant id: IGS0305
Funding body: ELDP
Level: Deposit

Summary of deposit
Gutob (ISO code gbj) is an endangered Munda language (Austro-Asiatic) spoken in Koraput district of Odisha, India and neighbouring districts in Andhra Pradesh. Estimates regarding the number of speakers vary between 15,000 and only 5,000. The community is rapidly shifting to Desia Oriya (ISO code dso), the local Indo-Aryan lingua franca. The main objective of the present project is the compilation of an annotated audio-video corpus. It will include speech acts from all domains in which Gutob is used. Additionally, the project will result in a grammar of Gutob which will be submitted as PhD thesis.

Group represented

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.

Special characteristics

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.

Deposit history

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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Judith Voß

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A (non-traditional) dance at a wedding

Recorded on: 2017-02-03

Keywords: Unspecified - wedding - dance - wedding

Angri gossips about the girls of the village

Recorded on: 2018-03-20

Photos of the goldsmith's work

Recorded on: 2017-02-22

This is a collection of photos and videos of the ritual offering during the cow-feeding-festival (bandi porob). As these recordings feature the ritual in an Olek house, they have been kept seperate from the data of other non-Olek rituals.

Recorded on: 2017-01-11

Consent of Gangre kunig

Recorded on: 2017-03-19

Recorded on: 2017-04-07

Keywords: Gutob - Unspecified - Bodnaik

Recorded on: 2017-04-08

Consent of Somari

Recorded on: 2017-04-10

Recorded on: 2017-04-10

Consent of Sonu and Komla

Recorded on: 2017-04-10