Documentation of N'kep (north Vanuatu): Structure and variation


Documentation of N'kep (north Vanuatu): Structure and variation

Language: N'kep, Sakao (ISO639-3:sku)
Depositor: Miriam Meyerhoff
Location: Vanuatu
Deposit Id: 0229
Grant id: MDP0210
Funding body: ELDP
Level: Deposit

Summary of deposit
This project documents the use and structure of N'kep, a variety of Sakao (ISO 639-3 sku), spoken by c.800 people at Hog Harbour, Vanuatu (15º 8' 0" South, 167º 6' 0" East). N'kep is typologically unusual and under increasing pressure from the national creole. The project includes a variationist sociolinguistics perspective, and explores the potential for these methods to complement endangered language documentation. A range of text types (from very rehearsed to very spontaneous), and samples from speakers of 3+ age groups will be recorded by the researcher and trained local language assistants.

Language information
N'kep is a variety of Sakao spoken by around 800 people at Hog Harbour, Vanuatu. N'kep is typologically unusual and under increasing pressure from the national creole.

Status

Collection online
Resources online and curated

Depositor

Miriam Meyerhoff
Affiliation: University of Auckland

Deposit Statistics

Data from 2020 August 10 to 2020 August 10
Deposit hits:1
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Images from the official launch of the DVD "Heher hür nwesi ce netvoocvooc" in Hog Harbour Village including Vanuatu Mobile Force markign band who came from Vila and helped with the celebrations, programme for the day (prepared by Kalo Wartër, principal of Hog Harbour Primary School).

Recorded on: 2017-05-29




Sapo Warput directs two younger men in adding a little roof to the back door of his kitchen house. They are using up materials left over from building John Tangis' wedding house. Also photos from the work associated with building of Tangis house – cooking, butchering, kava preparation (kava photos run into deep night so some quite low resolution).

Recorded on: 2017-05-29




Anathiel Karpüs narrates her memories of an attack on Hog Harbour village by rebels who did not support Vanuatu's Independence in 1980.

Recorded on: 2017-05-29




memories of an attack on Hog Harbour village by rebels who did not support Vanuatu's Independence in 1980.

Recorded on: 2017-05-29




Miriam chats with some visitors to Sapo and May's house after they have been drinking kava. Bislama. Not transcribed.

Recorded on: 2017-05-29




some traditional and school stories retold by Christina Nial

Recorded on: 2017-05-29




Video of a meeting called at the main nakamal to discuss the DVD project. Ownership and IP rights discussed. Community agreement to do interviews and have the DVD produced and to have the DVD administered by a committee within Hog Harbour. Business conducted in Bislama but some Nkep among participants. Meeting called with beating of the slit gong drum at the nakamal. Includes shots of men arriving for the meeting.

Recorded on: 2017-05-29




In this traditional narrative, both kava and coconuts originate from Santo Island. Dige uses props in the video to illustrate his story

Recorded on: 2017-05-29




two recordings, one retelling of a Bible story and one conversation with Dinah neither transcribed

Recorded on: 2017-05-29




Two girls (ten years and under) discussing some of the words they think Miriam should know in her Nkep study.

Recorded on: 2017-05-29