On-line language documentation for Biak (Austronesian)

Dalrymple, Mary and Mofu, Suriel (2016). On-line language documentation for Biak (Austronesian). [Data Collection]. Colchester, Essex: UK Data Archive. 10.5255/UKDA-SN-851820

The purpose of this project was to create an on-line database of digital audio texts and their analysed and annotated transcriptions in the Biak language, an Austronesian language spoken in Papua by 50,000-70,000 speakers. The project benefits the academic linguistic community by making Biak digitised audio and annotated transcriptions freely available in further linguistic analysis and theory development; the community of Biak speakers in West Papua by creating a permanent on-line storehouse of a representative variety of Biak texts in both audio and written form; and the project partners at Universitas Negeri Papua and Universitas Cenderawasih by training and experience in the use of tools and best practice methods in language documentation and the practical skills to undertake future documentation efforts for the hundreds of under-described languages of the region.

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This collaborative project involved the University of Oxford and two universities in Papua, Universitas Cenderawasih and Universitas Negeri Papua, in the creation of an on-line database of 52 digital audio and video texts and the linguistically annotated transcriptions and translations of 23 of the texts for the Austronesian language Biak, a language with about 50,000-70,000 speakers in Papua. These resources provide a snapshot of audio and textual data on the language, and are useful for language preservation efforts, for ongoing efforts to produce teaching materials in the indigenous languages of Papua, and as a basis for the creation of dictionaries and glossaries in the language. Since they are linguistically annotated, they are also useful for linguists conducting research on Biak and related Austronesian languages.

Creator NameEmailAffiliationORCID (as URL)
Dalrymple, Marymary.dalrymple@ling-phil.ox.ac.ukUniversity of OxfordUnspecified
Mofu, SurielUnspecifiedUniversity Negeri PapuaUnspecified
NameEmailAffiliationORCID (as URL)
Alfons, ArsaiUnspecifiedState University of PapuaUnspecified
Rumbrawer, FrancUnspecifiedCenderawasih UniversityUnspecified
Research funders: ESRC
Grant reference: RES-000-22-3788
Subjects: Education
Society and culture
Keywords: Biak
Project title: On-line language documentation for Biak (Austronesian)
Alternative title: Biak (Austronesian): Annotated, transcribed and translated audio texts and wordlists
Grant holders: Mary Dalrymple, Suriel Mofu
Project dates:
1 October 200930 September 2010
Date published: 14 Apr 2015 13:33
Last modified: 26 Feb 2016 12:51

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