Varieties of Kun-barlang, a language on the edge
|Depositor:||Isabel O'Keeffe, Ruth Singer|
Kun-barlang is a highly endangered Gunwinjguan language traditionally spoken in northwestern Arnhem Land, Northern Australia. There are only around 60 remaining speakers. Almost all of the speakers are above the age of 40 and most are very elderly. Kun-barlang speakers now live in various multilingual Indigenous communities in northwestern Arnhem Land (Warruwi, Minjilang, Maningrida and Oenpelli) and in Darwin. The aim of this project is to create a community- and research-accessible corpus of Kun-barlang. Audiovisual recordings and documentation of new and existing Kun-barlang materials will be made in intergenerational teams with elderly speakers and younger Kun-barlang people.
This first deposit of Kun-barlang materials includes audio recordings (wav) of varieties of Kun-barlang recorded by Isabel O'Keeffe in 2006 and 2007 (with accompanying Elan (eaf) files). The Kun-barlang varities include Kun-kamulkbarn, Kun-marrabbarrdji, Kun-marrabbanja and Kun-kurduwala. The recordings are mostly narratives in Kun-barlang, but also include discussions in Kun-barlang, English and other languages of the region (such as Mawng and Kunwinjku).
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