Documentation of Kayardild
|ELDP Id:||FTG0025, IGS0039|
The Kaiadilt people of the South Wellesley Islands in Queensland, Australia. The Kayardild language is now spoken fluently by eight speakers on Mornington and Bentinck Islands, four of whom(group A) speak ‘traditional’ Kayardild, four of whom (group B) speak a fully fluent, but minimally altered variety. All of the group A speakers are over 70 years of age and group B over 60. The last male speaker(group A) is, at the time of fieldwork, 80 and monolingual.
Deposit contents The documentation consists of about 500 files, including audio, video, ELAN transcription files, and summary metadata.
This deposit is the result of two ELDP-funded projects, FTG0025 "A first Kayardild audiovisual text corpus, with prosodic annotations" (applicant Louis Goldstein, Yale University) and IGS 0039 "Linguistic and ethnographic documentation of Kayardild" (applicant Erich Round, Yale University). The results of the two projects are complementary and have been combined in one deposit to maximise the coherence and accessibility of the documentation.
In immediate terms, the project seeks to produce digital audiovisual recordings with timealigned interlinear and prosodic annotations, focused around a nine-week field trip to Bentinck and Mornington Islands in June-August 2005. This alone greatly improves our documentary record of Kayardild.
All fieldwork and analysis were carried out by Erich Round. In July 2004, a conversation was held with the Kaiadilt community discussing the possibility of Mr. Round conducting documentary work in 2005. The community was welcoming of the idea. Participants were acknowledged as teachers of Kaiadilt language and culture, and where applicable, were recognised as co-authors of translations.
To refer to any data from the corpus, please cite the corpus in this way:
Round, Erich. 2015. Documentation of Kayardild. London: SOAS, Endangered Languages Archive. URL: https://elar.soas.ac.uk/Collection/MPI80292. Accessed on [insert date here].
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