Eastern Minyag, an endangered language of Western Sichuan
|Language||Eastern Minyag (ISO639-3:qaa),|
|Depositor||Agnes Conrad, Wang Baobao|
|Affiliation||Qinghai Nationalities University|
|Collection Status||Collection online|
Summary of the deposit
Eastern Minyag is spoken in a cluster of villages located atop steep mountains made inaccessible for months of the year by landslides and heavy rains. This collection focuses on recording endangered oral literature known only to older generations. While no analysis has been conducted to date, Simplified Chinese translations are available for almost all recordings.
Data was primarily collected by Wang Baobao, a young community member and native speaker, with technical assistance provided by Agnes and Winifred Conrad.
Eastern Minyag is spoken by a small number of ethnic Tibetans living in Shimian County, Sichuan Province, China. Other major languages in the area include Ersu and Nuosu. This deposit contains a number of valuable recordings which include native speaker retellings of local histories, origin stories, and family lineages.
Materials in this collection were collected in tandem with materials collected for the related language, Western Minyag.
This collection includes over 20 hours of audio recordings documenting folk stories, local histories, songs, and discussions on the origin of the Minyag people. Recordings were primarily conducted with elderly speakers whose knowledge of oral literature is no longer being passed on to younger generations. There are also over eight hours of spontaneous conversation, as well as video footage from two Bön religious festivals available at the discretion of representative community members.
Documentation represented in this deposit began in August, 2018 as part of an ELDP small grant project documenting on Western Minyag. The deposit currently includes over 20 hours of audio and roughly 10 hours of video. Almost all audio material has been segmented in ELAN and translated into Simplified Chinese. English translations are available for a portion of the materials. Further documentation is underway through community-led efforts with more materials under preparation for deposit.
Acknowledgement and citation
Wang, Baobao & Agnes Conrad. 2019. Eastern Minyag: an Endangered Language of Western Sichuan. Endangered Languages Archive. Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/2196/10727385-1165-4fb0-9169-778d2f51a0f4. Accessed on [insert date here].