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Description and Documentation of Bena


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


Summary of the collection

This collection 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



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.


Collection contents

The collection 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 collection 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. Endangered Languages Archive. Handle: Accessed on [insert date here].

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