Post : February Fieldwork Update
URL : http://wangka.org.au/2014/02/27/february-fieldwork-update/
Posted : February 27, 2014 at 22:10
Author : Walkatjurra Cultural Centre
Categories : Uncategorized
Linguist, Sue Hanson, was in the Goldfields this month for two weeks of fieldwork. In this time recordings were made with Tjupan, Kuwarra and Ngalia speakers. The work on development of the linguistic databases of these languages and the subsequent dictionaries is flying along due to the dedication of speakers in each of these languages.
The first Ngalia language learning resources were sent to the printers this month and draft materials brought to Leonora for edit checks before the final resources are printed. The alphabet and syllables posters were very well received with many people very keen to have a copy for their home to expose children to the languages alphabets. Both Tjupan and Kuwarra alphabets were made during Sue’s visit and are now with the graphic designer for production. These resources will be trialed with speaker’s families before possibly being available to the wider community.
Plans were made during Sue’s visit for a trip to Tjuntjunjarra Community with Dawn and Brian Hadfield in April in order to consult speakers about the Cundeelee Dictionary’s production. Consultation will entail flights to the community for the Hadfields and Kado Muir and a road trip of 12 hours each way for the linguist. We’re all looking forward to meeting with the Cundeelee Wangka speakers very soon and finalising the production of their dictionary.
Visits by a linguistic student from Yale University in the US and a photojournalist later in the year were also organised during Sue’s field work. The Yale student will spend a month on fieldwork with Tjupan people, first shadowing Sue’s work and then two weeks working on his own.
The photojournalist has offered six weeks of her time to create a couple of photographic stories related to places in the Goldfields. This is a fantastic opportunity to bring world class journalism to the Goldfields and document stories important to language speakers. This work will be undertaken in August this year.
Finally, during Sue’s visit Ngalia speakers met with the Principal of Leonora District High School who has agreed to run Ngalia Aboriginal Language classes for one hour per week per class. A Ngalia elder with LOTE experience will be teaching.
As mentioned above Ngalia Language Learning materials now at the printers are at an advanced stage, with a Learning kit comprised of DVD’s, story books, alphabet charts. There is an additional “Learn some Ngalia: A learners pocket book” this is an entire basic language course in 30 pages!
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