The documentation of Modern South Arabian languages: Bathari


The documentation of Modern South Arabian languages: Bathari

Language: Bathari (ISO639-3:bhm)
Depositor: Miranda Morris
Location: Oman
Deposit Id: 0364
Level: Deposit

Summary of deposit

Data collected on naturalistic and narrative data. Cultural topics covered centred particularly on harvesting the sea, the principal livelihood of the Batahirah, but personal data (birth, death, clothing, personal hygiene etc.), and data on material culture, animal husbandry, stories, poetry, songs, games, environment and trade were also collected. Audio data saved in WAV format. The complete collection will include photographs, audio data and transcriptions and translations in ELAN. This material can be compared to that of 'The documentation and ethnolinguistic analysis of Modern South Arabian: Shehret'; '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: Mehri'.

Between 1980 and 1990 the study of the culture and languages of the Modern South Arabian communities was funded by the Diwan of the Royal Court, Oman, and between January 2013 and December 2016 the language documentation project was funded by a Leverhulme Trust project grant (RPG-2012-599).

Group represented
Bathari

Special characteristics

The whole documentation will include audio and photographic material collected by Miranda Morris during the 1970s, and, funded by the Diwan of the Royal Court, Oman. in the 1980s (1980-1990). It will also include material collected during the lifetime of the project funded by the Leverhulme Trust. All the Modern South Arabian languages are as yet unwritten. Part of the objective of the Leverhulme 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
The data was collected from some thirty speakers of Bathari, only fifteen still living in 2017. Data on naturalistic, narrative and descriptive material was collected with speaker and text metadata. Cultural topics covered: personal (birth, death, clothing, personal hygiene etc.), harvesting the sea, material culture, animal husbandry, stories, poetry, songs, the environment and trade. Audio data saved in WAV format. The complete collection will include photographs, audio data and transcriptions and translations in ELAN.

Deposit history
The Leverhulme 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. Study of the culture and languages of the Modern South Arabian communities was funded by the Diwan of the Royal Court, Oman (1980-1990), and the language documentation project by a Leverhulme Trust project grant (RPG-2012-599) between January 2013 and December 2016. Crucially, the Leverhulme Trust grant has enabled the archiving of all material collected since the 1970s.

Acknowledgement

Users are requested to cite the depositors, Janet Watson and Miranda Morris, the Bathari language community, the Leverhulme Trust, and the Diwan of the Royal Court when using resources from this deposit.

To refer to any data from the corpus, please cite as follows:

Morris, Miranda J. 2016. The documentation of Modern South Arabian languages: Bathari. ID: Bathari (0364). London: SOAS, Endangered Languages Archive. URL: https://elar.soas.ac.uk/Collection/MPI984105 (accessed on [insert date here]).





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