A Melets and Tutal Culym speakers talk on various subjects about lives in their community, problems and plans

Title:
A Melets and Tutal Culym speakers talk on various subjects about lives in their community, problems and plans
ID:
Kondiyakov_Gabov_2_Jul2016
Level:
Bundle
Genre:
Discourse
Description:
Second camera/microphone recording of "Kondiyakov_Gabov_Jul2016" session. The speakers met for the first time, and found they had a great lot in common. Both are males, born in 1952, fluent speakers of the language, each speaking the variety of his own village and having no equal speaker in the neighborhood, each caring about his language and trying to write in it in his own way, etc. They discuss and compare lives of their own and their community. The first speaker, Aleksand Fedorovich Kondiyakov, was born on 02.10.1952 in the village of Staroye Amohceyevo, where a lot of Melets Chulym Turks used to live. His parents were native Melets Chulym Turks. He lost his mother at the age of 3. His father later married another Melets Chulym woman who had also been married. They had mutual children, too. Aleksandr?s father, Fedor, was a very respected man among the community. He is said to have been a wonderful story-teller. He knew many folklore features ? tales, legends, songs, rhyme-songs, etc. Aleksandr tried to remember some of them, but failed to remember quite a number. In the Soviet times, Aleksandr worked on a boat on the Chulym River. In the 1970s he moved to the village of Pasechnoye. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, there was no work, and the family had a hard time surviving. In 1979, Aleksand married Tatyana, an ethnic Russian who came to Pasechnoye to work as a primary school teacher. She was born in another district of the Kransoyarsk Territory. She arrived in Pasechnoye by a small airplane and was impressed by the local nature & people. Aleksandr and Tatyana had five children, two of which unfortunately passed away. Only their now-eldest son lives in the village. Their second son lives in the city of Bogotol, and their daughter ? in the city of Achinsk. All children are married and have kids of their own. Tatyana moved to Achinsk to help her daughter and her family. Aleksandr spoke Russian to his family, and the children know only a few words in Melets Chulym. He regrets not teaching them the language. Starting from the late 1990s, Aleksandr with some support by his fellow villagers, started a local community ?Chulym?, and compelled the Chulym community to be recognized as a separate ethnic group with their own language. He also (with some help) elaborated a system of writing for his language and would write stories and wordlists in it. He tried to teach the langauge, but was first supported then denied support by the local education administration for the lack of teaching education and the Melets Chulym being off the list of Russia?s foreign languages for education. The second speaker, Vassiliy Mikhaylovich Gabov was born in the Novotarlagany village area, on a field, on 30.06.1952. His mother had been doing work in the field, heavy pregnant, and gave birth to him right there. She was illiterate, and there was no place to register the baby, so she asked some person going to the district center to register her son as ?Timofey Lavrentyevich Lyutov?; but the person failed to do that and eventually registered him with his present name. Vassiliy?s mother had children from different men, however, this was never put forward, as after World War II life was hard, and people didn?t care who were the parents of the children ? they all felt related. Vassiliy spent quite a lot of time with his maternal grandfather (who actually was her step-father), and acquired the Chulym Turkic language from him. He finished school and special engineering education and worked as a fireman, later driver in the village of Teguldet. He married Galina, an ethnic Chulym Turk, who unfortuantely doesn?t speak, but understands the language. They had five children, but only three daughters survive today. They are all married, but only one of them lives in Teguldet. Vassiliy speaks Chulym Turkic to his wife, but he always spoke Russian to his children, which he regrets now. When he was young, he would often go hunting and would start trying to write stories as he could using the Russian alphabet. He was laughed at for this attempt and was quite hurt. In 2003, with the arrival of foreign linguists he was determined to be the youngest fluent speaker of Chulym Turkic in the Teguldet District. He was strongly encouraged to resume his writing, which he later did, writng stories and poems in his language.
Date created:
2016-07-08
Location:
Asia, Russian Federation, Tomsk City, Tomsk State Pedagogical University
Participants:
Aleksandr Fyodorovich Kondiyakov (consultant), Vassiliy Mikhailovich Gabov (consultant), Valeriya Mikhaylovna Lemskaya (researcher), Denis Mikhaylovich Tokmashev (researcher)
                                                                                                                                                                 
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