Documentation of Puma, Nepal


Documentation of Puma, Nepal

Language: Puma (ISO639-3:pum)
Depositor: Narayan Sharma
Location: Nepal
Deposit Id: 0268
Grant id: IGS0094
Funding body:
Level: Deposit


Summary of deposit

Puma is a seriously endangered southern Kiranti language spoken mainly in the Khotang district of eastern Nepal. It is estimated that there are about 4000 Puma native speakers.

In order to contribute to the preservation of the Puma language, this collection contains video and audio files of their corresponding text files (Toolbox files). Some toolbox files have been glossed to show rich and complex system of verb morphology for in-depth analysis. This deposit also includes ELAN files and dictionary.



Group represented
Puma (Southern Kiranti, Tibeto-Burman, Nepal)

Language information
The Puma language belongs to the Kiranti family of Tibeto-Burman, which includes more than thirty languages in East Nepal. Puma is rapidly being supplanted by Bantawa (one of the major Kiranti languages) and Nepali, the national lingua franca. Nevertheless, the language community still has a distinct culture with a rich oral tradition, maintained by a decreasing number of knowledgeable elders, priests, and shamans.

Special characteristics
Very complex and rich morphology, rich oral tradition, ritual song (Hopmacham).

Deposit contents
This deposit includes audio and video recordings of Puma speakers on different geners such as autobiography, description, narrative, folk tale, ritual, song, poem, and conversation. Most of them are transcribed and translated into Nepali and English which have been interlinearised and annotated to show complex morphological features of this language. This annotated corpus will be useful for comparative and typological study of Kiranti languages. The deposit comprises over 130 audio files, 100 video files, 25 ELAN files, 35 toolbox glossed files, as well as number of images covering Puma people, culture, daily life, household, surrounding etc. Over 80 speakers aged between 20 and 95 were recorded for the deposit, selecting both males and females from preliterate to highly educated backgrounds.

Deposit history
This project aims to carry out in-depth analysis of morpho-syntax of the Puma language. Prior to this project, materials on the Puma language have also been collected by the Volkswagen DoBeS-funded-project Chintang and Puma Documentation Project (CPDP). ELDP-funded project bridged a gap of earlier project and collected new data for deposit.

Other information
People were very positive and supportive towards this project, contributing and sharing their knowledge and heritage, and being so caring and hospitable during recording period.

Acknowledgement and citation
Users are requested to acknowledge as 'Data collected and deposited by Narayan Sharma', when citing any resources (audio and/or video and text etc.) from the deposit.

Status

Collection online
Resources online and curated

Depositor

Narayan Sharma
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Affiliation: SOAS, University of London

Deposit Statistics

Data from 2020 May 29 to 2020 May 29
Deposit hits:1
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Sajan tells daily account of Puma people and himself.

Recorded on: 2012-11-02




Tilak talks about the language and community where he raised up.

Recorded on: 2012-11-02

Keywords: English - Puma - Monologue - Tilak Rai



Tilak talks about the language and community where he raised up.

Recorded on: 2012-11-06




Dhan talks about his daily life.

Recorded on: 2012-11-06




Ramkumari tells her autobiography.

Recorded on: 2012-11-03




Deuki tells her autobiography.

Recorded on: 2012-11-03




Asudevi tells her autobiography.

Recorded on: 2012-11-05




Prasuram tells his autobiography.

Recorded on: 2012-11-05




Tara tells her autobiography.

Recorded on: 2012-11-05

Keywords: English - Puma - Monologue - Tara Rai



Bhimkumari talks about her autobiography.

Recorded on: 2012-11-05