The Pear-Chaplin Basque Corpus
© Jon Aske
In the Fall of 1993 I tape recorded Basque speech from 42 Basque speakers. There were three types of recordings:
These recordings and their transcripts were used in my doctoral dissertation on Basque word order (Department of Linguistics, UC Berkeley, 1997) and are being released now so that other Basque linguists may take advantage of them. Much interesting information can be gleaned from comparing narratives from different speakers speaking about the same subject, such as differences in description strategies, memory, and so on.
In this CD you will find the following materials related to the recordings:
On this CD you will not find the silent movies that were used to elicit the narratives. For more information on how to acquire these videos, please contact me.
In order to listen to the sound files on this CD, you will need a media player capable of playing MP3 files. In a Windows environment you may use Windows Media Player, which comes with more recent versions of Windows or which can be downloaded from the Microsoft Web site. Alternatively, you may use the excellent Winamp player, which can be downloaded free of charge. In either Windows or Mac environments the, also free, Quicktime player from Apple Corporation.
I would like to thank all my ‘subjects’ (language consultants) and the people who helped me get in touch with them: Koro Nabarro and Juan Mari Arzallus of Lur Argitaletxea, for the contacts at the schools; Edurne Yañez of Gure Ikastola in Hendaia, and Edurne Odriozola Sustaeta, of Ikasbide Ikastola in Donostia; Xabier Falcon of Deustuko Unibertsitatea in Donostia; and my good friends Iñaki Heras Saizarbitoria of Donostia and Karmen Rodriguez Ranz of Andoain.
Also, I would like to acknowledge the great help I received with the first pass for the transcriptions from Aitziber Arnaiz Garmendia and Izaskun Mitxelena Santos, who in 1993 were students of Xabier Falcon at Deustuko Unibertsitatea (Donostia). They spent many hours committing each of these narratives to writing, before I even spent an equally large number of hours refining those transcriptions and adding linguistic information.
Chafe, Wallace, ed. 1980. The pear stories: Cognitive, cultural, and linguistic aspects of narrative production. Advances in Discourse Processing, 3. Norwood, NJ: Ablex
Aske, Jon. 1997. Basque word order and disorder: Principles, variation, and prospects. Ph. D. dissertation, Department of Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley
Aske, Jon. to appear. Word order typology: Evidence from Basque (working title). Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins
If you have any questions or suggestions to make about these materials, feel free to contact me.
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Version: January 10, 2002