Grassfields Bantu Fieldwork: Ngomba Tone Paradigms was produced by Linguistic Data Consortium (LDC) catalog number LDC2001S16 and ISBN 1-58563-216-3. Please see below for information regarding its collection, processing, and contents.
The data contains tone paradigms of the language Ngomba, a Bamileke (Grassfields Bantu) language spoken by some 63,000 people in the Western Province of Cameroon. Ngombas tone system is undescribed, but it has many similarities with the closely related Yémba language (also known as Bamileke Dschang).
This publication contains 755 audio files. The files in rawdata are 21 extended audio and laryngograph recordings with ESPS xlabel files each one of the raw sound files contains the complete recording of one of the tenses. The files in paradigms are HTML indexes linked to 734 one to three second audio clips in .wav format. Each HTML page lists 32 utterances, varying across subject, verb, and object. Transcriptions are provided for the audio clips using the IPA-based orthography, and using phonetic and tonological transcription systems.
Recorded: June 21, 1997, Recording Studio of SIL Cameroon, YaoundéDigitized, Labelled and Segmented: 1997-1998 Phonetics Laboratory, University of EdinburghTranscribed and Annotated: 1998-2001 LDC, University of PennsylvaniaSponsorship:
|Economic and Social Research Council (UK) Grant R000235540|
|National Science Foundation (US) Grant 9983258|
|National Science Foundation (US) TalkBank Project Grant BCS-998009, KDI, SBE|
|Linguistic Data Consortium|
Online Materials The verbal tone paradigms are also accessible over the internet, along with an interface for browsing and editing transcriptions, at http://www.ldc.upenn.edu/Projects/grassfields.
Updates There are no updates available at this time.
Note The cost of the first 100 copies of this publication (not counting the copies distributed to LDC members) is covered by NSF Grant Number 9983258, and therefore free of charge to qualified researchers a $30 shipping and handling fee applies. After these first 100 copies are distributed, additional copies will be available for the production cost of $150 per CD.
Portions © 2001 Steven Bird and John Bell.