Ngoni - Language, Culture and Sociolinguistic Situation

Creator/Principal investigator(s):

Tove Rosendal - University of Gothenburg, Department of Languages and Literatures

Gastor Mapunda - University of Dar es Salaam, Department of Foreign Languages and Linguistics

Description:

The project comprised three interrelated parts: A main project Language documentation and analysis of Ngoni, which was a joint project by Tove Rosendal and Gastor Mapunda, and two subprojects: The Ngoni culture - a documentation project (Gastor Mapunda), and Language vitality and intergenerational transmission of the language Ngoni - a sociolinguistic survey (Tove Rosendal).

The archived data are from the project part Language documentation and analysis of Ngoni. It consists of a set of recordings from elicitations using photos depicting local community situations (agriculture i.e. a farming scene, kitchen, i.e. an outdoor cooking scene and 'modern items'), and a set of recordings based on photos of old, traditional items. In both sets of recordings the informants were encouraged to talk rather freely in Ngoni about the concepts in the photos and how these items are used, after a short introduction in Ngoni by a native speaker. Code-switching with Swahili was found in all recordings, but to a varying degree.

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Creator/Principal investigator(s):

Tove Rosendal - University of Gothenburg, Department of Languages and Literatures

Gastor Mapunda - University of Dar es Salaam, Department of Foreign Languages and Linguistics

Identifiers:

SND-ID: SND 0970

Purpose:

The project "Ngoni - Language, culture and sociolinguistic situation" as a whole is a contribution to safeguarding the Ngoni culture, by documenting, preserving and analysing its intangible cultural heritage. Its focus was especially on language, both as a resource for indigenous knowledge and as a socio-linguistic indicator of cultural vitality in a contact situation with Swahili. The aim of the analysis of the elicitated recordings was to investigate the influence of Swahili which has been promoted for decades and today is spoken all over Tanzania. Simultaneously the project aimed at documenting other aspects of Ngoni culture. The archived data are from the project part Language documentation and analysis of Ngoni, which aimed at investigating how Ngoni is influenced by Swahili, especially focusing on borrowing and code-switching.

Description:

The project comprised three interrelated parts: A main project Language documentation and analysis of Ngoni, which was a joint project by Tove Rosendal and Gastor Mapunda, and two subprojects: The Ngoni culture - a documentation project (Gastor Mapunda), and Language vitality and intergenerational transmission of the language Ngoni - a sociolinguistic survey (Tove Rosendal).

The archived data are from the project part Language documentation and analysis of Ngoni. It consists of a set of recordings from elicitations using photos depicting local community situations (agriculture i.e. a farming scene, kitchen, i.e. an outdoor cooking scene and 'modern items'), and a set of recordings based on photos of old, traditional items. In both sets of recordings the informants were encouraged to talk rather freely in Ngoni about the concepts in the photos and how these items are used, after a short introduction in Ngoni by a native speaker. Code-switching with Swahili was found in all recordings, but to a varying degree.

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Language:

Ngoni

Time period(s) investigated:

2012-08-01 — 2014-07-31

Geographic spread:

Geographic location: Tanzania, Sub-Saharan Africa

Geographic description: Songea Rural District, east of Lake Nyasa in the Ruvuma Region in southwestern Tanzania.

Unit of analysis:

Publications

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Mapunda, G. och Rosendal, T. (2014) Is the Tanzanian Ngoni language threatened? A survey of lexical borrowing from Swahili. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, vol. 35, no 3, pp. 271-288 DOI 10.1080/01434632.2013.864659
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Tove Rosendal & Gastor Mapunda. 2017. Contact-induced language alternation in Tanzanian Ngoni - an empirical study of frequency and patterns, International Journal of Multilingualism, Volume 14, Issue 4, pp 463-477. DOI 10.1080/14790718.2016.1156684
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Mapunda, Gastor & Rosendal, Tove. 2015. Borrowing in Tanzanian Ngoni lexicon: Some semantic trends in a language contact situation. Language Matters. Volume 46, Issue 2, pp 180-194. DOI 10.1080/10228195.2015.1027484
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Rosendal, Tove. 2016. Language transmission and use in a bilingual setting in rural Tanzania. Findings from an in-depth study of Ngoni. In Endangered Languages and Languages in Danger. Issues of documentation, policy and language rights Eds. Martin Pütz & Luna Filipović (series IMPACT Studies in Language and Society) pp 335-.349. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins. DOI 10.1075/impact.42-14ros
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Version 1.0:

2014-12-19 doi:10.5878/002470

Dataset SND 0970-001

Photo Elicitation Traditional Objects

Citation:

Tove Rosendal, Gastor Mapunda. University of Gothenburg, Department of Languages and Literatures (2014). Photo Elicitation Traditional Objects. Swedish National Data Service. Version 1.0. https://doi.org/10.5878/002470

Description:

The dataset contains 17 recordings of elicitation sessions with photos of traditional objects. Along with the recordings the dataset comes with transcripts, the photos used in the elicitation and a metadata file.

Data format / data structure:

Text

Still image

Audio

Data collection:

Mode of collection: Recording

Time period(s) for data collection: 2013-08 — 2013-09

Time period(s) investigated:

2013-08 — 2013-09

Version 1.0:

2014-12-19 doi:10.5878/002471

Dataset SND 0970-002

Photo Elicitation Modern Objects

Citation:

Tove Rosendal, Gastor Mapunda. University of Gothenburg, Department of Languages and Literatures (2014). Photo Elicitation Modern Objects. Swedish National Data Service. Version 1.0. https://doi.org/10.5878/002471

Description:

The dataset contains 24 recordings of elicitation sessions centred around a series of photos of modern concepts and objects. In addition to the sound files there are transcripts of all recordings, the photos used in the elicitation and a metadata file.

Data format / data structure:

Text

Still image

Audio

Data collection:

Mode of collection: Recording

Time period(s) for data collection: 2012-11 — 2012-12

Time period(s) investigated:

2012-11 — 2012-11