Kyitu (Siti) Language Archive


Kyitu (Siti) Language Archive

Language: Siti
Depositor: Jonathan Brindle
Location: Ivory Coast
Deposit Id: 0122
ELDP Id: SG0120
Level: Deposit


Summary of deposit
This collection includes a basic description and documentation of Siti - an endangered language of the Ivory Coast - which was claimed in 1981 to be spoken by 31 individuals.

The data collected is expected to give us an insight on the language's vitality and endangerment in Vonkoro (9.15871, -2.73688), the only Siti-speaking village remaining. As the bulk of the information available on the language is meager and approximately 90 years old, the collection will also serve as an update of our current knowledge on the language.

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Deposit contents
This deposit mainly consists of audio recordings, with images of speakers, maps of Vonkoro, and documents, from fieldwork conducted in three periods between January 2012 and April 2012. 

Deposit history

From the researcher: 'The starting point of this pilot project was to assess the current socio-linguistic situation in Vonkoro. In this regard, the following questions were essential: What is the degree and the quality of spoken Siti still alive? How do the Siti people distinguish the Koulango language, customs, religious beliefs, and lifestyle from their own?'

Fieldwork was carried out towards the end of the dry season, whis is the season for traditional celebrations (e.g. last funerals and rain rituals). The outcome of this project will be used to prepare a larger documentation project on the endangered Southwestern Grusi languages of Ivory Coast (Siti and Deg [ISO-639-3 mzw]) which will involve other scholars from the Institute of African Studies (Accra) and Institut de Linguistique Appliquée (Abidjan). The project may also contribute to the recognition of Siti at a national level: "endangerment" awareness is steadily increasing in West-African countries and may suggest waves of national awakening. If relevant information were available and easily accessible, Siti could benefit from revitalisation and/or preservation efforts, or at least recognition.



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Acknowledgement

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

Brindle, Jonathan. 2012. Kyitu (Siti) Language Archive. London: SOAS, Endangered Languages Archive. URL:https://elar.soas.ac.uk/Collection/MPI128545. Accessed on [insert date here].



Status

Curated
Resources online and curated

Depositor

Jonathan Brindle
Affiliation: University of Ghana

Deposit Statistics

Data from 2018 August 17 to 2018 August 17
Deposit hits:1
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Acronyms and abbreviations used in some files, among others

Recorded on: 2012-01-29

Keywords: Kyitu



Il s'agit de deux "dos" qui sont des frères et qui vivent ensemble. Un jour avant de prendre le repas, ils se sont mis à chanter et à danser comme à leur habitude. La danse consiste à se heurter l'un contre l'autre. Une araignée voulant savoir le secret de leur chant et danse, se colle sur le mur afin de les regarder en secret. Par mégarde, elle se trouve presser entre les deux dos. C'est ainsi que l'araignée a toujours cette forme maigre. Elle était beaucoup plus grosse avant.

Recorded on: 2012-03-16




Il s'agit de deux "dos" qui sont des frères et qui vivent ensemble. Un jour avant de prendre le repas, ils se sont mis à chanter et à danser comme à leur habitude. La danse consiste à se heurter l'un contre l'autre. Une araignée voulant savoir le secret de leur chant et danse, se colle sur le mur afin de les regarder en secret. Par mégarde, elle se trouve presser entre les deux dos. C'est ainsi que l'araignée a toujours cette forme maigre. Elle était beaucoup plus grosse avant.

Recorded on: 2012-03-16




Bank of the Volta, end of the road linking Niandegue and Vonkoro

Recorded on: 2012-01-25

Keywords: various



WAN Zina Wandɪzʊgʊ (m, 50 +/-)

Recorded on: 2012-01-28

Keywords: Portrait - Consultant



KIP Zina Kipo Hadu (m, 52 +/-)

Recorded on: 2012-01-31

Keywords: Portrait - Consultant



MIN Minanta Kaʊtɛ (f, 90 +/-); this is a photograph of a document, see MIN in IMG_7155.JPG

Recorded on: Unknown

Keywords: Portrait - Consultant



ACH Zina ʔaicha (f, 22 +/-)

Recorded on: 2012-02-23

Keywords: Portrait - Consultant



DAA session 1

Recorded on: 2012-02-25

Keywords: various



DZI Zina Dʒibɔjʊgɔ (f, 50 +/-)

Recorded on: 2012-02-25

Keywords: Portrait - Consultant