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Title Samoan audio from 2016 - 53-year-old man in Tufutafoe
Description Interview in samoan about samoan language and society in 2016 in the village of Tufutafoe on Savai'i in Samoa (formerly Western Samoa). Recording includes biographical details about birthplace, siblings, education etc. See Skirgård’s PhD thesis from 2021 and supplementary material H1 for sociolinguistic-questionnaire. Local assistant present (Sega).
Origination date 2016-12-06
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Hedvig Skirgård
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Language as given Sāmoan
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Dialect Savai’i
Region / village Oceania, Remote Oceania, Polynesia, Samoa, Savai'i, Tufutafoe
Originating university Australian National University
Operator Tina Gregor
Data Categories typological analysis
Data Types Sound
Discourse type formulaic_discourse
Roles Hedvig Skirgård : interviewer
Sega : participant
Sega Momoemausus Enesi : participant
TM53L : consultant
DOI 10.26278/P8AN-9531
Cite as Hedvig Skirgård (collector), Hedvig Skirgård (interviewer), Sega (participant), Sega Momoemausus Enesi (participant), TM53L (consultant), 2016. Samoan audio from 2016 - 53-year-old man in Tufutafoe. MPEG/VND.WAV. HSS01-20161206_TM53L at
Content Files (6)
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HSS01-20161206_TM53L-01_Tr1.mp3 audio/mpeg 13.2 MB 00:14:25.183
HSS01-20161206_TM53L-01_Tr1.wav audio/vnd.wav 475 MB 00:14:25.166
HSS01-20161206_TM53L-01_Tr2.mp3 audio/mpeg 13.2 MB 00:14:25.183
HSS01-20161206_TM53L-01_Tr2.wav audio/vnd.wav 475 MB 00:14:25.166
HSS01-20161206_TM53L-01_TrLR.mp3 audio/mpeg 13.2 MB 00:14:25.183
HSS01-20161206_TM53L-01_TrLR.wav audio/vnd.wav 475 MB 00:14:25.166
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Collection Information
Collection ID HSS01
Collection title Samoan sociolinguistic interviews, wordlists and conversation
Description Recordings of Samoan informants on the island of Savai'i, collected in 2015 & 2016. Sociolinguistic interviews about family, education and community, wordlists, frog stories and some casual conversation based on open questions. Recorded by Hedvig Skirgård with the help of Samoan speaking assistants Melenesa Lutelu, Sega Momoemausu Esau and Saveve Ugapo Sai'o. Data collected for PhD thesis and the Wellsprings of Linguistic Diversity project.

The Wellsprings of Linguistic Diversity was a five year Laureate project awarded by the Australian Research Council to Professor Nicholas Evans within the School of Culture, History and Language in the College of Asia and the Pacific, at the Australian National University. The project ran from 2014 to 2019.

The project sought to address fundamental questions of linguistic diversity and disparity through an analysis of linguistic variation and change. The project addressed a crucial missing step in existing linguistic research by addressing the question of what drives linguistic diversification so much faster in some societies than in others. It did so by undertaking intensive, matched case studies of speech communities across Australia and the Pacific, allowing researchers to detect variations in languages as they occur and compare the amounts and types of variation found in different sorts of settings, with a particular focus on small-scale multilingual speech communities. It aimed to generate an integrated model of language variation and change, building in interactions between social and linguistic processes. The research findings offered insights into the enormous diversity of human experience, vital for fields as diverse as cognitive science, human evolutionary biology, anthropology and archaeology.
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Data access conditions Open (subject to agreeing to PDSC access conditions)
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