The documentation and ethnolinguistic analysis of Modern South Arabian: Mehri


The documentation and ethnolinguistic analysis of Modern South Arabian: Mehri

Language: Mehri (ISO639-3:gdq)
Depositor: Janet Watson, Miranda Morris
Location: Oman
Deposit Id: 0307
Level: Deposit


Summary of deposit

Data principally from two main dialect groups of Mehri: Eastern Yemeni Mehri and Omani Mehri, with some material from dialects spoken around al-Ghaydhah in Yemen. Naturalistic and narrative data collected. Cultural topics covered: personal (wedding, birth, death, clothes), trade, stories, games, occupation, material culture, environment, animal husbandry. Audio data saved in WAV format. The complete collection will include photographs, audio and audio-visual data, transcriptions and translations in ELAN, and a comparative cultural glossary. This material can be compared to that of 'The documentation and ethnolinguistic analysis of Modern South Arabian: Shahri'; 'The documentation and ethnolinguistic analysis of Modern South Arabian: Harsusi'; 'The documentation and ethnolinguistic analysis of Modern South Arabian: Hobyot'; and 'The documentation and ethnolinguistic analysis of Modern South Arabian: Bathari'.

This project was funded by a Leverhulme Trust project grant (RPG-2012-599) between January 2013 and December 2016.

Group represented

Mahrah



Language information
Different names include Mahriyot for eastern Yemeni Mehri, and Mehreyyet for Omani Mehri. Currently spoken in Yemen, Oman and southern Saudi Arabia with communities in other Gulf states. Number of speakers estimated around 180,000.

Special characteristics
The whole documentation will include audio and photographic material collected during the 1970s and 1980s by Miranda Morris as well as material collected during the lifetime of the project. All the Modern South Arabian languages are as yet unwritten. Part of the objective of the whole documentation project has been to encourage use of an Arabic-based script for the Modern South Arabian languages, developed by members of the team in early 2013, and to encourage SMS and email communication between speakers in the languages. For more information, and to access writing by native speakers using a newly developed orthography, please visit the visit the following page: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/arts/info/125219/modern_south_arabian_languages/2371/orthographic_characters

Deposit contents
Data from two main dialect groups of Mehri: Eastern Yemeni Mehri and Omani Mehri. Naturalistic and narrative data collected with speaker and text metadata. Cultural topics covered: personal (wedding, birth, death, clothes), trade, stories, games, occupation, material culture, environment, animal husbandry. Audio data saved in WAV format. The complete collection will include photographs, audio and audio-visual data, transcriptions and translations in ELAN, and a comparative cultural glossary.

Deposit history
The documentation project emerged from work by Watson on Mehri since 2006, work by Morris on the culture and languages of the Modern South Arabian communities since the 1970s, and enthusiasm on the part of the Modern South Arabian language communities. The languages and culture of the communities are severely endangered due to modern technology, communications, literacy in Arabic, travel and the increasing employment of workers from south-east Asia. The project was funded by a Leverhulme Trust project grant (RPG-2012-599) between January 2013 and December 2016.

Other information

2017 the ELAN files at present in the archive represent the first rough draft transcriptions and translations of the sound files. As the depositors continue to work on their material, these will inevitably be altered and expanded, and errors will be addressed. For up to date versions of transcriptions and translations, or, in some cases, for detailed footnotes, the depositors can be contacted via ELAR.

For more information about the project, please visit Modern South Arabian Languages

Caroline Browne is creating a virtual, multimodal museum and blog of Modern South Arabian material and culture. This can be accessed here: modernsoutharabianmaterialculture.wordpress.com

The museum's Flickr page can be viewed at https://www.flickr.com/photos/146978281@N04/.



Acknowledgement
Users are requested to cite the depositors, Janet Watson and Miranda Morris, the Mehri language community, and the Leverhulme Trust when using resources from this deposit.

Status

Curated
Resources online and curated

Depositor

Janet Watson
Affiliation: University of Leeds
Miranda Morris
Affiliation: University of St Andrews

Deposit Statistics

Data from 2017 October 17 to 2017 October 17
Deposit hits:1
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the year of drowning: snet dh-agharKayat

Recorded on: 2013-02-06




meat preparation

Recorded on: 2013-02-07




drying meat strips on line

Recorded on: 2013-02-01




sketch of fish types

Recorded on: 2013-04-12




catching of sardines

Recorded on: 2013-04-13




how the fish GhaSbiit Hib'ayt came to be called thus

Recorded on: 2013-04-14




sardine grub: 'athyiith

Recorded on: 2013-04-15




bringing in sardines at Mhayfiif

Recorded on: 2013-04-15




goat pens

Recorded on: 2013-04-16




devil and son story

Recorded on: 2013-04