Documentation of Caac


Documentation of Caac

Language: Caac (ISO639-3:msq)
Depositor: Aurélie Cauchard
Location: New Caledonia
Deposit Id: 0073
ELDP Id: IGS0131
Level: Deposit


Summary of deposit

This project has documented Caac (ISO 639-3 msq), a Southern Oceanic language spoken by the Mwelebeng people (1050 speakers in 2003) in the region of Hoot ma Waap, northern New Caledonia.

The corpus of audio data is transcribed, annotated and translated with an emphasis on spatial expression in Caac. This project will also include a revised version of the dictionary compiled by Hollyman & Mwêau (1967) and produce pedagogical material in line with recent national and regional policies.

Group represented
The Mwalebeng chiefdom / La chefferie Mwalebeng

Language information

Twenty-eight indigenous languages are spoken in New-Caledonia. Despite frequent contact between the groups, the languages are rather diverse in their grammatical structures and phonological systems. The languages of northern New Caledonia are verb-initial languages and morphologically and phonologically more conservative than the southern languages; they also tend to have ergative/absolutive alignment.

Speakers are traditionally bilingual or multilingual as they can understand the language of neighbouring groups and French, the official language. While French is the most frequently used language in the media, education, politics and as a means of communication between different ethnical communities, vernacular languages are spoken within the community and at home. Language contact can be observed between French and Polynesian languages affecting some parts of the lexicon of the Kanak languages.

Caac is also called 'the language of Pweevo', 'the language of the Mwalebeng people'. The field linguist Jim Hollyman, who started to document Caac in the 1960s, referred the language as “Caaàc”, distinguishing two syllables as he considered this spelling closer to the phonetic transcription.

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Curated
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Depositor

Aurélie Cauchard
Affiliation: University of ManchesterINALCO; LaCiTO (CNRS)

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Deposit title: Documentation of Caac

elicited; I asked 'I pa le maison commune X?'; landmark: where we are, Bwaep Orientation: JP is facing the sea; on his left: direction Balade, on his right: direction Jawe

Recorded on: 2012-01-05

Keywords: Aurelie Cauchard - JP



Deposit title: Documentation of Caac

elicited; I asked 'I pa le maison commune X?'; landmark: where we are, Bwaep Orientation: JP is facing the sea; on his left: direction Balade, on his right: direction Jawe

Recorded on: 2012-01-05

Keywords: Aurelie Cauchard - JP



Deposit title: Documentation of Caac

elicited; I asked 'I pa le maison commune X?'; landmark: where we are, Bwaep Orientation: JP is facing the sea; on his left: direction Balade, on his right: direction Jawe

Recorded on: 2012-01-05

Keywords: Aurelie Cauchard - JP



Deposit title: Documentation of Caac

elicited; I asked 'I pa le maison commune X?'; landmark: where we are, Bwaep Orientation: JP is facing the sea; on his left: direction Balade, on his right: direction Jawe

Recorded on: 2012-01-05

Keywords: Aurelie Cauchard - JP



Deposit title: Documentation of Caac

elicited; I asked 'I pa le maison commune X?'; landmark: where we are, Bwaep Orientation: JP is facing the sea; on his left: direction Balade, on his right: direction Jawe

Recorded on: 2012-01-05

Keywords: Aurelie Cauchard - JP



Deposit title: Documentation of Caac

had just made some brief comments about how different her way of speaking Caac was; I asked her to repeat and complete what she just said but in Caac to record it; then questions on how children speak at school (as OD works at school) and discussion on her children, how they learn (or not) Caac Orientation: both facing the mountains, on our left, towards Hienghene, on our right, towards Balade, our back towards the sea. Technique: semi-prompted

Recorded on: 2013-03-24

Keywords: Aurelie Cauchard - OD



Deposit title: Documentation of Caac

How to catch cicadas.

Recorded on: 2011-11-08

Keywords: Caac - Cultural Practices - JP



Deposit title: Documentation of Caac

Explaining children's activities in the 1940s/1950s and todays.

Recorded on: 2011-12-15

Keywords: Caac - Life story - History - Life story - AN



Deposit title: Documentation of Caac

tell me her experience when she used to collect coffee and make ground coffee (told me in French earlier in the afternoon) Orientation: both facing the mountains, on our left, towards Hienghene, on our right, towards Balade, our back towards the sea. Technique: semi-prompted

Recorded on: 2013-03-24

Keywords: Aurelie Cauchard - OD



Deposit title: Documentation of Caac

MPI stimuli COME_GO in "Levinson, Stephen C. 2001. Motion verb stimulus, version 2. In Stephen C. Levinson & N.J. Enfield (eds.), Manual for the field season 2001, 9-13." Orientation: JP is facing the sea; on his left: direction Balade, on his right: direction Jawe

Recorded on: 2012-01-05

Keywords: Aurelie Cauchard - JP