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Title Idi interview with Wake
Description Recordings made at Zeri, on Zoom, late afternoon / early evening after walking from Bimadbn, in preparation for taking boat the next day.

01-Jimmy Nebni interviews his mother Wake to get her life story. Mostly he asks questions in Nen and she answers in Idi, though sometimes she answers in Nen (he needs to keep steering her back) and sometimes he asks in Idi. There is an accompanying video recording. [Original session name: Nen20120831-1]

02-Jimmy gives an English translation of interview, [Original session name: Nen20120831-2]

The audio in the .wav files were collected using a secondary device; they do not match the duration of the videos. They have a much better quality.
Origination date 2012-07-31
Origination date free form
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Nicholas Evans
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Language as given Idi
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Dialect Idi
Region / village Oceania
Originating university Australian National University
Operator Julia Colleen Miller
Data Categories primary text
Data Types Collection
Discourse type interactive_discourse
Roles Nicholas Evans : researcher
Jimmy Nébni : participant
Wake : participant
DOI 10.26278/JRK7-QP11
Cite as Nicholas Evans (collector), Nicholas Evans (researcher), Jimmy Nébni (participant), Wake (participant), 2012. Idi interview with Wake. MPEG/MP4/MXF/X-WAV. LSNG11-Wake at
Content Files (8)
Filename Type File size Duration File access
LSNG11-Wake-01.mp3 audio/mpeg 14.8 MB 00:16:08.576
LSNG11-Wake-01.mp4 video/mp4 189 MB 00:03:19.653
LSNG11-Wake-01.mxf application/mxf 2.48 GB
LSNG11-Wake-01.wav audio/x-wav 532 MB 00:16:08.551
LSNG11-Wake-02.mp3 audio/mpeg 8.23 MB 00:08:59.409
LSNG11-Wake-02.mp4 video/mp4 135 MB 00:02:10.701
LSNG11-Wake-02.mxf application/mxf 1.75 GB
LSNG11-Wake-02.wav audio/x-wav 296 MB 00:08:59.389
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Collection Information
Collection ID LSNG11
Collection title Languages of Southern New Guinea: Idi
Description Recordings of the Idi language spoken in the Western Province of Papua New Guinea

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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Access Information
Edit access Julia Colleen Miller
Melody Ann Ross
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Data access conditions Open (subject to agreeing to PDSC access conditions)
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