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Title: Pere language lexical datasheets and audio files Open Access Deposited
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  • Audiofiles were recorded in the field with a Tascam portable digital recorder. Lexical data are in the form of spreadsheets and are based on lexical elicitation of the sort typically done in preparation of dictionaries. Additional lexical items were extracted from transcriptions of recorded texts. Flora-fauna fieldwork included identification of observed, photographed, or collected specimens wherever possible, especially for plants. For non-plant fauna, most identifications were made using existing photographs or images, supplemented (for birds) by commercially available recorded calls.
  • fieldwork in Bonosso village, Côte d’Ivoire, chiefly 2016-19. See "readme" file for description of the materials.
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  • National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
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  • AWD004609
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  • 01/05/2021
  • 01/05/2021
To Cite this Work:
Jeffrey Heath (2021). Pere language lexical datasheets and audio files [Data set]. University of Michigan - Deep Blue.


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This work is related to:
Jeffrey Heath & Brahima Tiote. 2019. Pere (Bere, Mbre) language of Côte d’Ivoire.
DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3346580 with a backup deposit in Deepblue Documents

This is a moribund language which had about 30 active speakers in 2018. Heath and Tiote did fieldwork with some of these speakers. See the grammar for details. The audiofiles are for recordings in Pere language. In addition to the currently available materials, some short documentary videos are in preparation.

This work contains:

Pere text transcriptions and translations, copied from A grammar of Pere.

Pere lexicon.xlsx (spreadsheet with separate worksheets for noun, adjective, numeral, other, verb)
The various xlsx worksheets are separately duplicated as csv files, as follows:
Pere lexicon noun.csv
Pere lexicon adjective.csv
Pere lexicon numeral.csv
Pere lexicon other.csv
Pere lexicon verb.csv

flora-fauna terms are also presented in spreadsheet form:
Pere flora fauna.xlsx (all types)
The various xlsx worksheets are separately duplicated as csv files, as follows
Pere flora fauna bird.csv
Pere flora fauna fish.csv
Pere flora fauna herp.csv
Pere flora fauna insect.csv
Pere flora fauna mammal.csv
Pere flora fauna plant.csv

Pere recording 2018_01 020130_0142 tale.mp3
Pere recording 2018_02 020130_0143 tale.mp3
Pere recording 2018_03 020130_0144 tale.mp3
Pere recording 2018_04 020202_0148 tale.mp3
Pere recording 2018_05 020202_0149 tale.mp3
Pere recording 2018_06 020202_0150 tale.mp3
Pere recording 2018_07 020202_0151 tale.mp3
Pere recording 2018_08 020201_0145 cooking.mp3
Pere recording 2018_09 020201_0146 cooking.mp3
Pere recording 2018_10 020201_0147 cooking.mp3

The recordings are transcribed and translated at the end of the grammar volume. A copy of just the text translations/transcriptions is included here.

The format of each lexical worksheet (noun, adjective, numeral, verb, other) is customized for the particular stem-class, as detailed below. All worksheets have English and French translations, and a column for any comments. Some also have a Koro translation column (red in the xlsx version). Most worksheets also have columns with codings for the syllabic “shape” in terms of C[onsonant] and v[owel], and for the tonal “melody” in sequences of H[igh] and L[ow] tones, which can be used for sorting purposes. These columns are blank for some stem-classes with small numbers of forms. The blank columns would allow for the worksheets to be combined into a single worksheet.
noun and adjective: singular (unsuffixed); singular with Absolute suffix; plural with Absolute suffix; (where not predictable) plural (unsuffixed). Annotation columns include “no -a” (Absolute suffix is not allowed); “cpd” (compound status), “rdp” (reduplication), “xC” (added consonant in Absolute form), and “sem” (semantic category, e.g. kinship).
other: “stem” column codes the items as “adv” (adverb), “aux” (auxiliary verb), “coord” (coordinand ‘and’ or ‘or’), “dem” (demonstrative), “disc” (discourse category), “interrog” (interrogative), “neg” (negation), “postp” (postposition), “pred” (predicate element such as inflections), “pron” (pronoun), “quant” (quantifier), “suffix”, and “particle” (grammatical particle).
“verb”: “Pere Pfv” (perfective stem), “Pere Ipfv” (imperfective stem), “class” (motion, consume, adj[ectival], open/shut, food, sound, stance, body, farm, impact, build, do, talk).

The flora-fauna worksheets include additional information for each entry, in addition to those in the “noun” worksheet for general vocabulary, described above. Each sheet has a column for Koro counterparts (red in the xlsx version) of the Pere words. The latter are given in the same format as for nouns in the regular lexical worksheet (unsuffixed singular, singular with Absolute suffix, plural with Absolute suffix, and where unpredictable unsuffixed plural). Other columns present scientific identifications (species, genus, family). The “basis” column indicates “seen”, “spcm” (plant specimen, with number), “descrip[tion]”, or “ex pic” (from picture shown to native speaker). For plants, “status” indicates which species are cultivated (“cult”). For non-plant worksheets, “code” is a subcategory, such as “snake” versus “reptile” in the herp worksheet.

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