Collection details
Collection ID MR1
Title Malcolm Ross tapes
Description Recordings, mainly of wordlists from Oceanic Austronesian languages, most of them in Papua New Guinea, collected as a basis for comparative-historical work, mostly between 1977 and 1982. Consultants were often students training at the then Goroka Teachers' College to be high-school teachers. Some were high-school students. Sometimes, especially with earlier recordings, all or part of the elicitation session was recorded. In other cases a consultant had provided a written list, and s/he was asked to read it for the tape. There were four wordlists, A, B, C and D, plus a phrase list for collecting grammatical structures. The wordlists contain 430 items and were intended for historical linguistic purposes, but only rarely did I collect anywhere near 430 items. Recordings often do not cover all four lists. The recordings are of varying quality, because the equipment was primitive (a battery-driven portable cassette recorder), recording conditions were sometimes difficult, and storage conditions were not always the best.
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Malcolm Ross
Operator Rosey Billington
Originating university Australian National University
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DOI 10.4225/72/56E9774C6062D
Cite as Malcolm Ross (collector), 1974. Malcolm Ross tapes. Collection MR1 at [Open Access].
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Edit access Nick Thieberger
Malcolm Ross
Data access conditions Open (subject to agreeing to PDSC access conditions)
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Items in Collection (99)

Item Title Actions
001 Bukawa sentences (1) View
002 Bukawa sentences (2) View
003 Kaiwa = Iwal View
004 Sukurum View
005 Dangal Roinji Sio Mangga (wordlists) View
006 Yabem Malai View
007 Morobe View
008 Kapin Mangga View
009 Adzera Bukawac View
010 'Yaru' Word List View

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