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Title Tom Yaya by Koj Mar 25/2/97
Description 1. TYK by Koj Mar 25/2/97 0.00 | 2: 3:53 3:7:55 4:13:15 5:19:02 tape paused for Koj to catch his breath | 6. Explanation of the above 23:45 | 7. Pause for breath 34:15 | 8. Pause for breath 35:05 | 9. Pause for breath 36:36 | 10. Alta Mub (alta Keap) TYK re Kala Apa & 8 sisters 38:29 | 11. Alta Mub explanation 49:36 | 12. Alta Koj, TYK 2/3/97 #1 55:40 | pause 64:27 | Alta Koj, TYK 2/3/97 #2 68:48 | pause 72:24 | pause 75:32 | pause 78:10 | Alta Koj explanation 83:08 | Alta Koj explanation 85:03 | 88:46 -- A) DAT 48kHz 16bit. Stereo mic. Occasional mic thump.
Origination date 1997-03-02
Origination date free form 1997-02-25 - 1997-03-02
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Alan Rumsey
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Language as given Melpa
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Originating university Australian National University
Operator Frank Davey
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Data Types Sound
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Roles Alan Rumsey : recorder
Keop Mur : speaker
Koj Mur : speaker
DOI 10.4225/72/56ED6BE92AE43
Cite as Alan Rumsey (collector), Alan Rumsey (recorder), Keop Mur (speaker), Koj Mur (speaker), 1997. Tom Yaya by Koj Mar 25/2/97. MPEG/VND.WAV. AR1-029709 at
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Collection ID AR1
Collection title Western Highlands of PNG recordings
Description Audio tape recordings made during linguistic - anthropological field work in the Western Highlands of PNG, mostly with Ku Waru people since 1981. Video and written material will be added to the collection eventually. Lects variously designated as Melpa, Ku Waru, Temboka, Kakuyl, and Imbonggu belong to a single dialect continuum with perhaps 250,000 speakers. Note first that when I use the term Ku Waru to name an ethnographic region, this should in no way be taken to imply any kind of sharp boundaries either among regional dialects areas or among distinct 'peoples' in this part of highland New Guinea. The dialect spoken at Kailge where Francesca and I were based belongs to a dialect continuum which includes over two hundred thousand speakers (show area on map 1). Although the dialects near the outer edges of this region are not mutually intelligible, within it there is nothing but continuous gradation among them. Nor is there any single set of mutually exclusive names for dialects or 'languages' within the region, or for the continuum in toto. The term 'Ku Waru' that we have fixed on for ethnographic purposes is one that is used to highlight what is common to the locales on either side of the Tambul Range, from Kailge across to Winjaka (show on map), but for other purposes the Wijaka people and dialects are differentially classified as 'Kakuyl' and the Kailge ones as 'Napilya', after the major rivers that flow through their respective valleys. What is true of dialect gradation within this region is equally true of other dimensions of cultural or ethnic differentiation. While people draw distinctions among features and practices associated with particular locales, there is extensive intermarriage and other forms of social interaction across such difference, and no sense of sharp boundaries among discrete ethnic groups. To be sure, there is an important distinction drawn between the bo 'indigenous' and the kewa 'foreign', but this is a sliding scale rather than a categorical opposition (Rumsey 1999a). (rec by email 8/6/2004)
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