Collection details
Collection ID MFD2
Title Recordings of Raga - 2017-2018
Description Material collected in Loltong bay and Ahivo region, north Pentecost, Vanuatu, between 2017 and 2018, by Marie (Marie-France) Duhamel. Recordings from a wide range of speakers.

002-traditional story;
003-'danger' stories (relating cyclones, earthquakes);
004-other stories, SNG - songs, PIX - photos, AV - Video other than people telling stories
005-interviews of participants by a native speaker
ARA-stories about taboo garden

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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Marie France Duhamel
Operator Julia Colleen Miller
Originating university Australian National University
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Region / village Loltong Bay, North Pentecost
DOI 10.4225/72/5af31b117415d
Cite as Marie France Duhamel (collector), 2017. Recordings of Raga - 2017-2018. Collection MFD2 at [Open Access].
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Edit access Julia Colleen Miller
Marie France Duhamel
Data access conditions Open (subject to agreeing to PDSC access conditions)
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Items in Collection (33)

Item Title Actions
002_F22 rat and kingfisher View
002_F23 ten brothers View
002_F24 Gatou View
002_F25 story of Mala, the falcon View
002_F26 traditional story View
002_M24 story of the nabanga by the sea in Loltong View
002_M25 story of the falcon (mala) View
002_M26 genesis of Pentecost View
002_M27 Genealogy View
002_M28 story of Jimmy, a white man View

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