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Documenting a Dying Language - Part I. The Wichita Videotape Experiment. David S. Rood and Armik Mirzayan University of Colorado Ling Circle, Boulder, Feb. 05 2003. Clip 01 : Doris – grandmother’s curing. Doris - Continuous Text Seeking Confirmation (“saying it right?”)

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documenting a dying language part i

Documenting a Dying Language - Part I

The Wichita Videotape Experiment

David S. Rood and Armik Mirzayan

University of Colorado

Ling Circle, Boulder, Feb. 05 2003

clip 01 doris grandmother s curing
Clip 01 : Doris – grandmother’s curing
  • Doris - Continuous Text
  • Seeking Confirmation (“saying it right?”)
  • Vivian - interruption (“reminded me of a word”)
  • Shirley – comment in English
clip 02 dru what happened this morning
Clip 02 : Dru – What Happened This Morning
  • Less Spontaneous
  • Less Fluent
  • Stumbling, request for the word for ‘medicine’
  • Re-tells story in English when done
clip 03 dru wichita boogeyman
Clip 03 : Dru – Wichita Boogeyman
  • More Spontaneous
  • Code Switching into Wichita when quoting a person whose primary language was Wichita
clip 04 miles and pearl buzzard song
Clip 04 : Miles and Pearl– Buzzard Song
  • Participants familiar with the song and the meaning
  • Teasing Gary
  • Even when the language is dying, those who can use it still have fun with it
discussion
Discussion
  • How do we gather better material?
  • What would prompt speakers to use the language more?
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