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Digitising tapes from Madang, Papua New Guinea

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Language Enga (ISO639-3:enq), Ogea (ISO639-3:eri), Iatmul (ISO639-3:ian), Ipili (ISO639-3:ipi), Kuman (ISO639-3:kue), Mawak (ISO639-3:mjj), Malas (ISO639-3:mkr), Tok Pisin (ISO639-3:tpi), Unserdeutsch (ISO639-3:uln)
Depositor Nick Thieberger
Affiliation University of Melbourne
Location Papua New Guinea
Deposit ID 0557
Grant ID LMG0011
Funding Body ELDP
Collection Status Collection online
Landing Page Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2196/def31dec-a869-4385-9876-fdc40477f0e9

 

Summary of the deposit

This is a collection of tapes made by various people over time and then deposited with the library at the Divine Word University. They represent at least nine languages of Papua New Guinea and also the German pidgin Unserdeutsch. Some tapes date from the 1960s and are records of local oral tradition.

Part of the collection are recordings made by Fr. John Z’graggen, who was a missionary with the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) in Madang from 1963. His PhD thesis, classificatory and typological studies in the languages of Madang District, was submitted in May 1969. He conducted fieldwork on a number of languages of the region and died in 2013.

 

Group represented

Group represented
The collection includes recordings made with a number of groups, including various speakers in the Piyau and Sambeoko clans in Sari, Kundis, Par and Irekya areas of the Wabag/Kompiam Districts; various speakers in the Sane, Piyau and Poteyalini clans in Lenke, Kaipres, Sari, Kundis, and Tsikiro areas of the Wabag/Kompiam District; various speakers in the Sambeoko, Depao and Laita clans in Irelya, Par and Kaipres areas of the Wabag/Kompiam Districts; various speakers in the Kikili clan in Pindaka area of the Kandep District; various speakers in the Kandano clan in the Kanamanda area of the Wapenamanda District; various speakers in the Kandano clan of Kanamanda area, Wapenamanda District and the Anjini clan of Par area in Wapenamanda/Kompiam District; groups of people from Mission stations within Mange Parish in Sopas area of Wabag District, Enga Province.

 

Language information

The recordings include a large collection in Enga, and in Ogea, Iatmul, Ipili, Kuman, Mawak, Malas, and Tok Pisin, with many in unknown languages (still to be determined). Mawak is a critically endangered language, Ethnologue says there are 25 speakers.

A number of recordings are also in the highly endangered German variety Unserseutsch spoken in Papua New Guinea.

 

Special characteristics

Special Characteristics

The original tapes date from the 1960s and are language recordings and records of local oral tradition. There are few records of most of the 900 or more languages of PNG so it is important to ensure each recording is playable and findable.

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Deposit contents

Deposit contents
Approximately 200 hours of recording in wav and mp3 formats, including a variety of word lists, vocabularies, stories, historical texts and language descriptions.

 

Deposit history

Deposit history

Part of the collection was made by Fr. John Z’graggen, who was a missionary with the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) in Madang from 1963. His PhD thesis, Classificatory and typological studies in the languages of Madang District, was submitted in May 1969. He conducted fieldwork on a number of languages of the region and died in 2013.

In 2007 Professor Andy Pawley at the ANU put Nick Thieberger in touch with Christian Kaufmann, who had been the curator at the Museum der Kulturen Basel in Switzerland, where Z’graggen’s materials were deposited. These tapes have now been digitised, but some were missing and the only copies are in Madang. The tapes from Madang are the focus of the present deposit and have been brought to Australia as opportunities permitted. The 180 tapes will be returned to the library of the Divine Word University in Madang in addition to being accessioned into the Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures (PARADISEC). We will also send a hard disk of the wav and mp3 files back to Madang for local access. At that point, we would like to employ local people to listen to the collection and to make notes about the content of the files.

 

Acknowledgement and citation

Users of the collection should acknowledge the Divine Word Institute as the collectors of the material and PARADISEC as the repository for the collection.

Suggested citation:

Lloyd, David & Divine Word Institute (collector). 1905. DWU tape collection (DWU), Digital collection managed by PARADISEC. Endangered Languages Archive. http://hdl:2196/00-0000-0000-0012-6DB7-0. Accessed on [insert date here].

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