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Description of N|uu

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Language N|u
Depositor Bonny Sands, Chris Collins
Affiliation Northern Arizona University
Location South Africa
Collection ID 0423
Grant ID BCS-0236795
Funding Body National Science Foundation
Collection Status Collection online
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Summary of the collection

Recordings of dictionary entries for a pan-dialectal dictionary of the N|uu language (Eastern and Western dialects) made by Bonny Sands, Johanna Brugman, Amanda Miller, Chris Collins and Levi Namaseb in Upington, South Africa. Also included are recordings of sentences and oral texts collected for the grammatical sketch.


Group represented

N|uu (ǂKhomani)


Language information

N|uu, N‖ng, ǂKhomani, N|ɦuki


Special characteristics

Instructions for Grammar Elicitation Session Bundles.

Every sound file of a word or sentence has a name of the following form: A_he_is_your_son.wav

The first letter is the name of the speaker, in this case Anna Kassie. The rest of the file name contains the English translation of the recorded word or sentence. And finally .wav is the file extension for sound files.

The sound files are organized according to date. Each session has a name of the following form: 2004_5_21. This means that the folder contains the sound files made on May 21, 2004.

In a small number of cases, repetitions of a word or sentence are marked with a numeral either immediately following the speaker (e.g., A1_) or at the end of the file name.

To find sentences on particular topics, download the full set of sentences onto your computer. Then search for them among the sound files using the format above. For example, to find sentences produced by Anna Kassie, search for: A_. To find sentences produced by Anna Kassie starting with a 3PL pronoun, search for: A_they. To find sentences containing 1SG pronominal possessors, search for: my. To find relative clauses headed by shoe, search for: shoe_that_.

Consultants names are abbreviated as follows:

A: Anna Kassie

An: Andries Olyn

Ge: Katrina Esau

Gr: Griet Seekoei

H: Hanna Koper

Many of the sound files in this archive are fully transcribed in Collins & Namaseb 2011. Those interested in specific topics should consult that work to find specific sentences to search for in the archive.

Collins, Chris and Levi Namaseb. 2011. A Grammatical Sketch of N|uuki with Stories. Rüdiger Köppe Verlag, Köln.


Collection contents

Recordings of dictionary entries for a dictionary of the N|uu language. Also included are recordings of sentences and oral texts collected for the grammatical sketch.


Acknowledgement and citation

This material is based on work supported by the National Science Foundation, Documenting Endangered Languages Program under grant ‘Collaborative Research: Descriptive and Theoretical Studies of N|uu’ to Cornell University (BCS-0236735, Miller & Collins, co-PIs) and Northern Arizona University (BCS-0236795, Sands, PI). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. Thanks are also due to the South African San Institute and to Grace Humphreys.

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

Collins, Chris & Bonny Sands. 2007. Description of N|uu. Endangered Languages Archive. Handle: Accessed on [insert date here].

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