Goemai Texts


Goemai Texts

Language: Goemai (ISO639-3:ank)
Depositor: Birgit Hellwig
Location: Nigeria
Deposit Id: 0003
Grant id: IPF0010
Funding body: ELDP
Level: Deposit


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Summary of deposit
The deposit contains a selection of about 80 Goemai texts. They are spoken by Louis Longpuan (speaker "A"), Andreas Shakum (speaker "N") and Maria Miaphen (speaker "C"). The speakers live in the city of Jos (Plateau State), and they speak two distinct dialects of Goemai: Kwo (L. Longpuan, M. Miaphen) and Dorok (A. Shakum). The corpus focuses on illustrating each identified speech genre, and it contains information on different economic activities and cultural practices.

Group represented
Goemai

Language information
Goemai is a West Chadic language (Afroasiatic, West Chadic, Angas-Goemai group, Southern branch). It consists of four dialects: Duut, East Ankwe (or Derteng), Dorok and Kwo. These dialects are mutually intelligible, and their differences are largely restricted to the phonological and lexical level. The language is also known under the name of "Ankwe" in the older linguistic, anthropological and historical literature.

Deposit contents
The deposit contains an annotated corpus of approximately 80 texts. All recordings are transcribed, and most are translated into English and linguistically annotated. This information can be downloaded in the form of *.txt files (plain text created with Shoebox) and *.eaf files (an XML format created with ELAN). The transcripts are linked to the time line of the audio and/or video files. Metadata is attached.

Deposit history
The texts in this deposit were collected in 2004 and 2005. Due to civil unrest in the Goemai-speaking area at that time, all data was recorded in the nearby city of Jos. It was thus not possible to witness the economic and cultural activities firsthand, or to record them in their natural settings. Instead, we staged some such activities in Jos, and the corpus focuses on giving descriptive and procedural accounts of them. This corpus complements Birgit Hellwig's Goemai corpus housed at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (Nijmegen), which covers around 200 natural and elicited recordings from 20 speakers from the village of Kwande (Kwo dialect), collected between 1998 and 2003.

Depositor

Birgit Hellwig
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Affiliation: Linguistics, University of Cologne

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Deposit title: Goemai Texts

The speakers discuss animals: what kind of animals exist(ed) in the land of the Goemai, their names and their relationships to each other. See "Animals 2" for a continuation. The goal of this conversation is to agree on a classification of animals (which is presented in "Animals 3"). This session is not yet translated.

Recorded on: 2004-05-04




Deposit title: Goemai Texts

The speakers discuss animals: what kind of animals exist(ed) in the land of the Goemai, their names and their relationships to each other (a continuation from "Animals 1"). The goal of this conversation is to agree on a classification of animals (which is presented in "Animals 3"). This session is not yet translated.

Recorded on: 2004-05-04




Deposit title: Goemai Texts

The speaker talks about different types of animals and their classification.

Recorded on: 2004-05-06




Deposit title: Goemai Texts

The speaker describes a popular boy's game (named "kalanga"), as it was played by the Dorok Goemai. See "Children's games 5" for a general introduction to such games.

Recorded on: 2004-05-24




Deposit title: Goemai Texts

The speaker describes a popular boy's game (named "kalanga"), as it was played by the Kwo Goemai. See "Children's games 5" for a general introduction to such games.

Recorded on: 2004-05-24




Deposit title: Goemai Texts

The speaker describes a popular boy's game (named "t'at mat"), as it was played by the Kwo Goemai. See "Children's games 5" for a general introduction to such games.

Recorded on: 2004-05-24




Deposit title: Goemai Texts

The speaker describes a popular boy's game (named "t'at mat"), as it was played by the Dorok Goemai. See "Children's games 5" for a general introduction to such games.

Recorded on: 2004-05-24




Deposit title: Goemai Texts

The speaker describes the place of children's games among the Goemai. See "Children's games 1 - 4" for descriptions of specific games.

Recorded on: 2004-05-24




Deposit title: Goemai Texts

The speakers stage the genre of "aram" (= conversation). They talk about the lack of rain during the planting season of 2004.

Recorded on: 2004-05-17




Deposit title: Goemai Texts

The speaker describes a typical daily work routine.

Recorded on: 2004-05-03