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Title: Mande Jalkunan Audio Files Open Access Deposited

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  • Recordings taken from a TASCAM DR-22WL
  • Jalkunan is a small-population Mande language spoken in Blédougou village cluster in the Banfora plateau in SW Burkina Faso.A grammar was published electronically at Language Description Heritage Library in 2017. This is backed up at Deep Blue documents. Seven texts were recorded digitally in 2016 and are archived here. Three of them (texts 1, 2, and 4) were transcribed and translated at the end of the published grammar. The remaining tapes are not transcribed as of May 2018. I give permission to other linguists to transcribe, translate, and/or analyse the remaining texts.
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  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
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  • various
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  • 05/20/2021
  • 03/15/2019
To Cite this Work:
Heath, J. (2019). Mande Jalkunan Audio Files [Data set], University of Michigan - Deep Blue Data.


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These audio files are recordings of people speaking the Jalkunan language. Jalkunan is a Mande language spoken in the village cluster of Blédougou near Sindou in southwestern Burkina Faso. The recordings were made in 2016 in Blédougou by Jeffrey Heath using a handheld Tascam digital mike, in .mp3 formats.

A reference grammar of Jalkunan by Jeffrey Heath was published electronically in 2017. It is available online at:
with backup at

The inventory of recordings is as follows:

Jalkunan 2016_01 history
duration 04:59
Jalkunan 2016_02 tale hare hyena
duration 05:21
Jalkunan 2016_03 tale sorcerors
duration 04:21
Jalkunan 2016_04 bathing
duration 03:50
Jalkunan 2016_05 tale wife
duration 04:15
Jalkunan 2016_06 tale donkey hyena
duration 03:39
Jalkunan 2016_07 tale sorceror cannibals
duration 03:44

Pp. 361-401 of the grammar presents transcriptions and translations of three of these recordings: Text 2016_01, text 2016_02, and text 2016_04.

Jeffrey Heath gives permission to anyone to transcribe, translate, or otherwise analyse any of the remaining recordings.


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