Documentation of Danau, an endangered language of Myanmar (Burma)


Documentation of Danau, an endangered language of Myanmar (Burma)

Language: Danau (ISO639-3:dnu)
Depositor: Aung Si
Location: Myanmar
Deposit Id: 0321
ELDP Id: SG0205
Level: Deposit

Summary of deposit

This collection represents a preliminary documentation of the Austroasiatic language Danau, which is spoken promarily in 3 or 4 villages near the town of Aungban in Shan State, Myanmar (formerly Burma). These villages include: Taungbohla Village (lat: 20.575; long: 96.790), Htinyugon Village (lat: 20.603; long: 96.736), Chaungya Village (lat: 20.614; long: 96.767), Aung Chan Tha Monastery in Aungban (lat: 20.657; long: 96.631).

Audio recordings representing a range of speech genres have been deposited here: these include lexical and grammatical elicitation, conversation, description and rituals. Recordings containing names of local, culturally important plants are accompanied by colour photographs of these plants. Around 90 minutes of audio (not including the wordlist recordings) have been transcribed and translated so far.

The collection also includes a preliminary analysis of the phonetics, phonology and grammar of Danau has been achieved to date, and the transcriptions presented here should be regarded as provisional and subject to revision.

Group represented
Speakers of Danau language in Myanmar

Language information
The Danau language of the Shan State of Myanmar (Burma) was reported to be "dying" as long back as 1965. Anecdotal evidence from the field suggests that since the language has no official protection in the country, and is not formally taught, it is only spoken by a handful of scattered communities. Although around 10,000 people identify themselves as 'Danau', it has never been properly documented, and its future remains highly uncertain.

Status

Curated
Resources online and curated

Depositor

Aung Si
Affiliation: School of Languages and Linguistics, University of Melbourne

Deposit Statistics

Data from 2017 March 23 to 2017 March 23
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Elicitation of bird names using an illustrated book

Recorded on: 2012-12-24




Elicitation of bird names using an illustrated book

Recorded on: 2012-12-23




Discussion of life under the British and Japanese during WW2

Recorded on: 2012-10-15




Translation of Convers01.wav into Burmese

Recorded on: 2013-10-29




Transcription of Danau words

Recorded on: Unknown

Keywords: Danau - English - Elicitation - Wordlist



List used to elicit Danau words

Recorded on: Unknown

Keywords: English - Elicitation - Wordlist



Elicitation of grammatical structure

Recorded on: 2012-09-28




Elicitation of grammatical structure

Recorded on: 2012-10-15




Elicitation of grammatical structure

Recorded on: 2013-10-29




Morning prayer in Danau

Recorded on: 2012-12-23

Keywords: Burmese - Danau - Ritual - Prayer - U Wariya - Sra Pla