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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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