Documentation of Jowshaqani, a Central Iranian language
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Summary of the deposit
The deposit is a high quality documentation of Jowshaqani, an endangered language in central Iran. The data was collected by Esfandiar Taheri in collaboration with some Jowshaqani speakers and consultants, and contains more than 920 min. of audio and video recordings in different genres. About 300 min. of recordings have provided with transcription, annotation and translation in English and Persian. A three-lingual dictionary (Jowshaqan-English/Persian) built in FLEx contains more than 1500 of basic vocabulary of the language.
The data collected within this project reflect the speech of Jowshaqani language as spoken in Jowshaqan small township in north of Isfahan city. There are two closely related dialects of Jowshaqani spoken in Chaykun and Kumu villages near Jowshaqan that is not documented in this project.
Jowshaqani (locally Gushguni) is a Central Iranian language spoken in the small township of Jowshaqan (locally Gushgun) in Isfahan province of Iran. Central Iranian languages forms a subgroup of Northwest Iranian languages. With 3500 inhabitants, Jowshaqan is located some 120 km to the north of the city of Isfahan at the border of the area in which Central languages (dialects) are spoken.
Working collaboratively with a wide range of community members has caused a good variation in data genres and consultants. The project contains some audio recordings of Jowshaqani vocabulary, verb list, verb conjugation, a corpus of sample sentences for grammar analysis, and some audio recordings on description of basic vocabulary of the language. A wide range video recordings of traditional Jowshaqani customs, crafts and daily life, has provided a good data for other researchers interested in the culture of the language community. There are some new typological features of Jowshaqani in the recordings that is for the first time is recorded for Jowshaqani language.
The deposit contains 80 audio and video recording including 7 hours of audio and 8 and a half hours of video recordings. 100 min. of recordings have been annotated and glossed with English translation provided in FLEx-ELAN-ELAN. About 200 min. of recordings have been provided with transcription and Persian translation in ELAN. The deposit also contains two dictionaries built in FLEx, one alphabetical arranged and the other semantically classified. Both of them are have glossing or definition in English and Persian. the recordings can be broken down by these genres:
• 180 min. of word list and word description
• 40 min. grammar
• 250 min. Old tradition and craft
• 130 min. conversation
• 90 min. traditional story
• 60 min. daily life
The data for this collection was collected in a fieldwork undertaken in June, July, August and September of 2018 at Jowshaqan which also included editing of recording and providing metadata. The project was continued in Autumn 2018 with transcription and translation of part of the recordings. In winter 2018 the data was digitized and deposited in ELAR.
Acknowledgement and citation
Users of any part of the collection should acknowledge Esfandiar Taheri as the principal investigator, the data collector and the researcher. Users should also acknowledge the Endangered Languages Documentation Programme (ELDP) as the funder of the project. Individual speakers whose words and/or images are used should be acknowledged by respective name(s). Any other contributor who has collected, transcribed or translated the data or was involved in any other way should be acknowledged by name. All information on contributors is available in the metadata.
To refer to any data from the collection, please cite as follows:
Taheri, Esfandiar. 2017. Documentation of Jowshaqani, a Central Iranian language. ID: Jowshaqani. London: SOAS University of London, Endangered Languages Archive. Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/2196/00-0000-0000-0010-8937-E. Accessed on [insert date here].