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Description and Documentation of Bena

 

Language Bena
Depositor Michelle Morrison
Affiliation University of Maryland
Location Tanzania
Deposit ID 0065
Grant ID BCS-817518
Funding Body National Science Foundation
Collection Status Collection online

 

Summary of the deposit

This deposit consists of the first digital audio and video recordings of speakers of Bena, spoken in Iringa Region, Tanzania, resulting from fieldwork conducted between August 2008 and July 2009.

 

Group represented

Bena

 

Language information

Language name: Bena (bez); Alternate names: Kibena, Hibena;(Elicitation sessions primarily conducted using Swahili as the contact language)

 

Special characteristics

This data represents the sole digital record of the Bena language.

 

Deposit contents

The deposit comprises over 320 audio and video files, as well as copies of the depositor’s fieldnotes, elicitation tools and musical scores, and some transcriptions.

Genres include narration, conversation, elicitation and choral performances.

 

Acknowledgement and citation

Any reference to this deposit should acknowledge the National Science Foundation, Documenting Endangered Languages Program (the funding body), BCS 817518 as well as the help of the Tanzanian Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH).

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

Morrison, Michelle. 2009. Description and Documentation of Bena. London: SOAS University of London, Endangered Languages Archive. Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/2196/00-0000-0000-0001-8FB8-1. Accessed on [insert date here].

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