This collection is an audio-visual documentation of Ambel. Ambel is an endangered language with around 1000 speakers. It is spoken in the Raja Ampat archipelago in West Papua province, Indonesia. Genetically it is an Austronesian language, of the South Halmahera-West New Guinea branch. However, like many of the Austronesian languages of Papua, it shows evidence of prolonged and intense contact with non-Austronesian languages, such as a complex prosodic system, extensive person-number marking on the verb, and many words with a non-Austronesian origin.

This collection mainly comprises natural speech. The items cover spontaneous speech (e.g. conversations; personal reminiscences; expositional and procedural texts, such as information about local ethnobiology, local fishing techniques, and canoe-building), semi-spontaneous speech (e.g. narratives of traditional stories; oral histories), and planned speech (e.g. song; speeches). The remainder of the data in this collection comprise selected elicited material (morphological paradigms, syntactic structures, and lexical forms).

The corpus includes material from both male and female speakers, from a range of age groups.

Each item contains an audio recording (.wav), which is accompanied by transcription, translation, and morphological glossing in an Elan file. Some of the items also contain a video recording (.mpeg4), and/or supplementary photographic data. In addition, included are a scan of the accompanying field notes, a metadata file, the consent form, and further information about the speaker's language background.

This project is supported financially by the Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Documentation Programme, the AHRC, and the University of Edinburgh.

This project is carried out in collaboration with the Center for Endangered Languages Documentation at Universitas Negeri Papua, Manokwari.

Items in this Collection

  • AM009_Elicted_PossessiveParadigm_AlienableNoun 

    Arnold, Laura M (University of Edinburgh. School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences. Linguistics and English Language, 2014-07-15)
    This item is an audio recording of an elicitation session. The focus of this elicitation session was to explore the possessive paradigm for the form <boki> 'cat'. <boki> is an alienable noun, which means it is marked for ...
  • AM003_Naturalistic_HistoryFofakBay 

    Arnold, Laura M (University of Edinburgh. School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences. Linguistics and English Language, 2014-07-08)
    This item is a recent history of Fofak Bay, told by Bapak Martinus Wakaf (MW). Fofak Bay is situated on the north coast of Waigeo. In the last century, there have been three settlements located there: first Lamlam, then ...