Nar and Phu Lexical and Discourse Material


Nar and Phu Lexical and Discourse Material

Language: Nar, Phu
Depositor: Kristine Hildebrandt
Location: Nepal
Deposit Id: 0103
Grant id: SG0025
Funding body: ELDP
Level: Deposit


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Summary of deposit
This collection includes documentation and archival quality data on Nar-Phu towards a comparative lexical database with Nepali and Nyeshangte. In addition, this collection also includes a transcribed, annotated corpus to facilitate analyses of the discourse function of morphosyntactic structures and a Nar-Phu/Nepali word book aimed at primary school use, and copies of recordings for community archival and reference.

Group represented
Nar-Phu community, in Manang District, Nepal

Language information
Nar and Phu are mutually intelligible variants of the TGTM (Tamangic) sub-grouping of Tibeto-Burman, and are spoken in villages of the same names in Nepal. The geo-coordinates for Nar village are (Gandaki Zone) 28° 40' N; 84°11' E, and for Phu village (Gandaki Zone) are 28°45' N; 84°15' E. The Ethnologue ISO 639 for Nar-Phu is NPA. The endoym for Nar is Chyprung and for Phu is Nartwe. Despite their close lexical, grammatical and phonological similarities, there is a good deal of cross-dialectal variation between the two. Current estimated speaker numbers of Nar are at fewer than 400, and Phu has perhaps 200 active speakers. Observations of outward emigration from Nar and Phu villages to Kathmandu or overseas, combined with data from language attitude and usage interviews and information gleaned from autobiographical texts, suggest that Nar-Phu is moribund. The vast majority of fluent speakers are above the age of fifty, and there is extreme disruption in transmission of the language to younger adults and children.

Deposit contents
This deposit contains audio and video recordings with accompanying transcriptions and annotation of the Nar and Phu languages. The content is a mixture of personal narratives and folktales alongside wordlists and responses to experimental stimuli sets. There are also recordings of responses to stimulus sets created at Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, and video recordings of people at work and leisure.

Acknowledgement and citation

Users of any part of the collection should cite Kristine A. Hildebrandt as the collector, ELDP as the funder, and the individual speakers (by name) when their words or audio-video materials are used.

To refer to any data from the corpus, please cite the corpus in this way:

Hildebrandt, Kristine. 2011. Nar and Phu Lexical and Discourse Material. London: SOAS, Endangered Languages Archive. URL:https://elar.soas.ac.uk/Collection/MPI121152. Accessed on [insert date here].

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Collection online
Resources online and curated

Depositor

Kristine Hildebrandt
Affiliation: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

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Recorded on: Unspecified



These are audio-recorded prompts to 20 photographed images of objects of different shapes, dimensions and layouts. These are photo stimuli released from MPI Nijmegen.

Recorded on: 2010-08-04




These are three video and audio files recorded on July 6, 2010 in Koto Village, Manang, Nepal. Koto village is home to a number of Nar and Phu families, along with Gurung families and even a family from India. The first two A-V segments involve some local gossip and some demonstrations of grinding the local chili berry. The third A-V segment involves a discussion of curd and tea churning in the traditional vessel.

Recorded on: 2010-07-06




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This is an autobiography-style narrative text recorded on June 24 in Nar village. Mingmar Tschurpe is the main narrator, with occasional participation from Ritar Lhakpa Lama. Both gentlemen are lifelong residents of Nar village.

Recorded on: 2010-06-24




This is a kind of autobiographical segment as told by Palma Sangdu, age 79. He is a lifelong resident of Nar village. This segment was recorded in Nar Village, Nepal on 25 June, 2010. Ritar Lhakpa Lama, age 53, also lifelong resident of Nar, is the interviewer.

Recorded on: 2010-06-25




This is a kind of autobiographical segment as told by Chenma Tsering, age 78. He is a lifelong resident of Nar village. This segment was recorded in Nar Village, Nepal on 25 June, 2010. Ritar Lhakpa Lama, age 53, also lifelong resident of Nar, is the interviewer.

Recorded on: 2010-06-25




This is a life story monologue (interview format, with one speaker taking up the vast majority of the floor). The main speaker is Senki Tsering Lama, aged 77, a lifelong resident of Nar and one of the village lamas. He is interviewed by Ritar Lhakpa Lama, with questions about his life in the area.

Recorded on: 2010-06-27




This is a fable, as told by Ste Tokpa, age 56, a lifelong resident of Nar village.

Recorded on: 2010-06-29

Keywords: Nar - fable - Ste Tokpa



These are audio-recorded prompts to 46 short video stimuli of cause-effect actions and events. These are video stimuli released from MPI Nijmegen.

Recorded on: 2010-07-16