Documentation of Nasal: An overlooked Malayo-Polynesian isolate of southwest Sumatra


Documentation of Nasal: An overlooked Malayo-Polynesian isolate of southwest Sumatra

Language: Nasal (ISO639-3:nsy)
Depositor: Bradley McDonnell
Location: Indonesia
Deposit Id: 0468
ELDP Id: SG0472
Level: Deposit

Summary of deposit
Nasal is an endangered Malayo-Polynesian isolate spoken by 3,000 speakers in southwest Sumatra. While reference to Nasal first appeared in Dutch colonial documents as early as 1887, the language only received an ISO code in 2008 and is absent from any survey of Austronesian languages in the last century. This overlooked Malayo-Polynesian isolate is quite simply the least documented language of Sumatra and its outer islands. This project represents the first substantial documentation of Nasal, including recordings of elicited word lists and grammatical phenomena as well as everyday conversation. A portion of these recordings are enriched with time-aligned transcriptions and translations and glosses in English and Indonesian. All of these materials were collected in July 2017.

Group represented
Nasal speakers from all three Nasal villages: Gedung Menung, Tanjung Betuah, and Tanjung Baru.

Deposit contents
This deposit contains recordings of conversations, lexical and grammatical elicitation sessions, and transcription sessions. Annotations of these recordings are ongoing and will be uploaded periodically. Portions of the completed annotations are already included.

Deposit history
The data in the deposit was collected in July 2017 funded by an Endangered Languages Documentation Programme Small Grant.

Acknowledgement

Users of any part of this collection should acknowledge Bradley McDonnell as the principal investigator and the Endangered Languages Documentation Programme as the organization that funded the project. When a particular piece of data is used, the individuals who provided the data, whether that be a speaker, collector, or transcriber, should be acknowledged by name.

Please use the following citation format:

McDonnell, Bradley. 2017. Documentation of Nasal: An overlooked Malayo-Polynesian isolate of southwest Sumatra. London: SOAS, Endangered Languages Archive. URL: http://elar.soas.ac.uk/deposit/0468. Accessed on [DATE].



Status

Curated
Resources online and curated

Depositor

Bradley McDonnell
Affiliation: University of Hawaii

Deposit Statistics

Data from 2018 August 17 to 2018 August 17
Deposit hits:1
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Bradley McDonnell and Anton Supriyati recording a 400-item wordlist from Asbahul at his house in Genung Menung. I typed the wordlist directly into a spreadsheet document on my computer. During part of the recording a neighbor Bahruddin came by and participated from behind the camera. Video recorded on Canon XA-30, audio recorded in two ways: (i) Tascam DR-60 with an Audio Technica Stereo Microphone and (ii) Marantz PMD-561 with two SM-35 headset microphone.

Recorded on: 2017-07-14




Bradley McDonnell and Anton Supriyati recording a 400-item wordlist from Asbahul at his house in Genung Menung. I typed the wordlist directly into a spreadsheet document on my computer. During part of the recording a neighbor Bahruddin came by and participated from behind the camera. Video recorded on Canon XA-30, audio recorded in two ways: (i) Tascam DR-60 with an Audio Technica Stereo Microphone and (ii) Marantz PMD-561 with two SM-35 headset microphone.

Recorded on: 2017-07-14




Bradley McDonnell and Anton Supriyadi recorded Saipul and Sirat at Anton's house. This again was proposed as them telling stories, but was more of a conversation between the two. Video recorded on Canon XA-30, audio recorded in two ways: (i) Tascam DR-60 with an Audio Technica Stereo Microphone and (ii) Marantz PMD-561 with two SM-35 headset microphone.

Recorded on: 2017-07-13




Bradley McDonnell and Anton Supriyadi recorded Armawati, Indanpitriyani, and Nizarnayati at Armawati's house. This was a conversation between the three. It appears that Armawati's husband (Iswahadi) sat outside of the purview of the camera. He doesn't appear to speak because he has suffered a stroke. There were also some guests (Hairul and his wife from Tanung Betuah, but who now live in Bengkulu) who came into the recording about halfway through recording session. Video recorded on Canon XA-30, audio recorded in two ways: (i) Tascam DR-60 with an Audio Technica Stereo Microphone and (ii) Marantz PMD-561 with two SM-35 headset microphones.

Recorded on: 2017-07-16




Bradley McDonnell and Anton Supriyadi recorded three women, Masi'ah, Upikharmaini, and Surnila, at Surnila's house in the village of Tanjung Betuah. This again was proposed as the three of them having a conversation in Nasal. The recording ends with Bradley McDonnell collecting metadata from the speakers. Video recorded on Canon XA-30, audio recorded on a Tascam DR-60 with an Audio Technica Stereo Microphone.

Recorded on: 2017-07-12




Bradley McDonnell and Anton Supriyadi recorded Suardi and Zainuddin at Zainuddin's house in the village of Tanjung Betuah. This again was proposed as them telling stories, but was more of a conversation between the two. Video recorded on Canon XA-30, audio recorded in two ways: (i) Tascam DR-60 with an Audio Technica Stereo Microphone and (ii) Marantz PMD-561 with two SM-35 headset microphone.

Recorded on: 2017-07-12




Bradley McDonnell and Anton Supriyadi recorded Risna and Yusnidar at Risna's house. This was proposed as them talking and telling stories, but was more of a conversation between the two. Yusnidar's daughter (Dona) and her friend (Ayu) came towards the end of the recorded with Yusnidar and Risna's grandchildren. Video recorded on Canon XA-30, audio recorded in two ways: (i) Tascam DR-60 with an Audio Technica Stereo Microphone and (ii) Marantz PMD-561 with two SM-35 headset microphone.

Recorded on: 2017-07-21




Bradley McDonnell, Johan Safri, and Anton Supriyadi recorded a conversation between Sulaiman and Pakhruddin at Sulaiman’s house. Video recorded on Canon XA-30, audio recorded in two ways: (i) Tascam DR-60 with an Audio Technica Stereo Microphone and (ii) Marantz PMD-561 with two SM-35 headset microphone.

Recorded on: 2017-07-23




Bradley McDonnell and Anton Supriyadi recorded Anton's brother-in-law Wawan and Wawan's uncle Bahrul at Anton's house. This again was proposed as them telling stories, but was more of a conversation between the two. Video recorded on Canon XA-30, audio recorded in two ways: (i) Tascam DR-60 with an Audio Technica Stereo Microphone and (ii) Marantz PMD-561 with two SM-35 headset microphone.

Recorded on: 2017-07-10




Bradley McDonnell and Anton Supriyadi recorded Hamedi, Baksir, and Randi at Anton's house. This was a conversation between the three. Video recorded on Canon XA-30, audio recorded with a Tascam DR-60 with an Audio Technica Stereo Microphone.

Recorded on: 2017-07-16