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Documentation of Archaic Akha, the register of the shaman

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Language Akha (ISO639-3:ahk), Archaic Akha (ISO639-3:)
Depositor Jake Terrell
Affiliation University of Hawai’i
Location Thailand
Deposit ID 0219
Grant ID SG0010
Funding Body ELDP
Collection Status Collection online

 

Summary of the deposit

This is collection focuses on Archaic Akha, a code which is not mutually intelligible with modern Akha (ISO 639-3: akh). There are about 500,000 speakers of Akha in Burma, China, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. However, according to community reports, the archaic code is spoken by perhaps only 100 elderly shaman.

This collection, based out of Chiang Rai, Thailand, consists of a corpus of Archaic Akha. It may be used by the community for educational materials, and also serve as the basis for a reference grammar of the language.

 

Group represented

Around 100 shamans of the Akha people, who speak Archaic Akha.

 

Language information

Archaic Akha is not mutually intelligible with modern Akha; it is only spoken by shamans. This language does not yet have an ISO-639 code.

 

Acknowledgement and citation

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

Terrell, Jake. 2017. Documentation of Archaic Akha, the register of the shaman. London: SOAS University of London, Endangered Languages Archive. Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/2196/00-0000-0000-000F-B64F-2. Accessed on [insert date here].

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