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Documentation of Kayardild

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Language Kayardild
Depositor Erich Round
Affiliation University of Queensland
Location Australia
Collection ID 0029
Grant ID FTG0025, IGS0039
Funding Body ELDP
Collection Status Collection online
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Summary of the collection

The Kayardild language was traditionally spoken on Bentinck Island, Queensland, Australia. Kayardild was the last language of the Tangkic language family to be spoken in its classical form. The projects (see Collection history below) recorded and documented texts, song, translation and elicitation sessions, and traditional activities.


Group represented

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.


Collection contents

The documentation consists of about 500 files, including audio, video, ELAN transcription files, and summary metadata.


Collection history

This collection 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 collection to maximise the coherence and accessibility of the documentation.

All fieldwork and analysis were carried out by Erich Round.


Acknowledgement and citation

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

Round, Erich. 2015. Documentation of Kayardild. Endangered Languages Archive. Handle: Accessed on [insert date here].

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