Alor-Pantar languages: Origins and theoretical impact

Conditions on pronominal marking video stimuli

This set of 42 video stimuli were designed to study to study variation in the patterns of pronominal marking in the non-Austronesian languages of Alor and Pantar. All of these languages share the typologically rare trait that they mark objects or undergoers on the verbs, rather than subjects or actors (Siewierska 2011). However, there is considerable within-group variation as to how this is done and also what the relevant semantic parameters are which govern the indexation patterns. For instance, Teiwa (Klamer 2010) aligns its arguments on a nominative-accusative basis indexing the object of many (but not all) transitive verbs. The prime factor which determines whether a verb indexes its object is animacy (Klamer and Kratochvíl 2006, Klamer 2010). Abui (Kratochvíl 2007, 2011), on the other hand, has a semantic alignment system, in which the undergoer is marked on the verb. In intransitive clauses, more undergoer-like arguments are indexed, e.g., ‘He is ill’, whereas more actor-like ones are not, e.g., ‘He runs’. Animacy plays a role in the choice of prefix for undergoers in Abui, but is not as important and pervasive as in Teiwa.

Citation and use

The video stimuli are freely available for individuals to use for non-commercial purposes, providing they are cited using the citation method given below.


Complete set of stimuli and manuals

The complete set of 42 video stimuli consists of two series of clips (a core set and a peripheral set), a video elicitation manual and a list of elicitation stimuli. It can be cited as:

Fedden, Sebastian, Dunstan Brown & Greville G. Corbett. 2010. Conditions on pronominal marking: A set of 42 video stimuli for field elicitation. University of Surrey. http://dx.doi.org/10.15126/SMG.25/1

Download the Complete set of stimuli and manuals [ZIP]


Video elicitation manual

This short  manual provides some background on the study and instructions on how to run the experiment. It can be cited as:

Fedden, Sebastian, Dunstan Brown & Greville G. Corbett. 2010. Conditions on pronominal marking: Video elicitation manual. University of Surrey. http://dx.doi.org/10.15126/SMG.25/1.M01

Download the Video elicitation manual [PDF]


List of elicitation stimuli

This list of elicitation materials provides details of the content of each video clip. It can be cited as:

Fedden, Sebastian, Dunstan Brown & Greville G. Corbett. 2010. Conditions on pronominal marking: List of elicitation stimuli. University of Surrey. http://dx.doi.org/10.15126/SMG.25/1.M02

 Download the List of elicitation stimuli [PDF]


Video clips

All 42 video clips, comprising 21 clips from the core set and 21 clips from the peripheral set are available individually below. If a specific clip is cited rather than multiple clips, it can be references individually using the clip title and a unique doi, based on the citation format below.

Fedden, Sebastian, Dunstan Brown & Greville G. Corbett. 2010. Conditions on pronominal marking: Video C01 - pull person. University of Surrey. http://dx.doi.org/10.15126/SMG.25/1.C01

Core set of video clips

Clip titleDOIDownload          
Video C01 - pull person http://dx.doi.org/10.15126/SMG.25/1.C01 Video C01 [MOV]
Video C02 - lean on person http://dx.doi.org/10.15126/SMG.25/1.C02 Video C02 [MOV]
Video C03 - dance http://dx.doi.org/10.15126/SMG.25/1.C03 Video C03 [MOV]
Video C04 - step on person http://dx.doi.org/10.15126/SMG.25/1.C04 Video C04 [MOV]
Video C05 - sleep http://dx.doi.org/10.15126/SMG.25/1.C05 Video C05 [MOV]
Video C06 - fall asleep http://dx.doi.org/10.15126/SMG.25/1.C06 Video C06 [MOV]
Video C07 - laugh http://dx.doi.org/10.15126/SMG.25/1.C07 Video C07 [MOV]
Video C08 - be afraid of snake http://dx.doi.org/10.15126/SMG.25/1.C08 Video C08 [MOV]
Video C09 - fill up http://dx.doi.org/10.15126/SMG.25/1.C09 Video C09 [MOV]
Video C10 - lie http://dx.doi.org/10.15126/SMG.25/1.C10 Video C10 [MOV]
Video C11 - eat banana http://dx.doi.org/10.15126/SMG.25/1.C11 Video C11 [MOV]
Video C12 - run to person http://dx.doi.org/10.15126/SMG.25/1.C12 Video C12 [MOV]
Video C13 - bump into person http://dx.doi.org/10.15126/SMG.25/1.C13 Video C13 [MOV]
Video C14 - sit down http://dx.doi.org/10.15126/SMG.25/1.C14 Video C14 [MOV]
Video C15 - fall http://dx.doi.org/10.15126/SMG.25/1.C15 Video C15 [MOV]
Video C16 - bump into tree http://dx.doi.org/10.15126/SMG.25/1.C16 Video C16 [MOV]
Video C17 - be long http://dx.doi.org/10.15126/SMG.25/1.C17 Video C17 [MOV]
Video C18 - pull log http://dx.doi.org/10.15126/SMG.25/1.C18 Video C18 [MOV]
Video C19 - be afraid of axe http://dx.doi.org/10.15126/SMG.25/1.C19 Video C19 [MOV]
Video C20 - step on banana http://dx.doi.org/10.15126/SMG.25/1.C20 Video C20 [MOV]
Video C21 - lean on house http://dx.doi.org/10.15126/SMG.25/1.C21 Video C21 [MOV]

Peripheral set of video clips

Clip titleDOIDownload
Video P01 - smell person http://dx.doi.org/10.15126/SMG.25/1.P01 Video P01 [MOV]
Video P02 - smell food http://dx.doi.org/10.15126/SMG.25/1.P02 Video P02 [MOV]
Video P03 - go out http://dx.doi.org/10.15126/SMG.25/1.P03 Video P03 [MOV]
Video P04 - wake up http://dx.doi.org/10.15126/SMG.25/1.P04 Video P04 [MOV]
Video P05 - be tall http://dx.doi.org/10.15126/SMG.25/1.P05 Video P05 [MOV]
Video P06 - hear noise http://dx.doi.org/10.15126/SMG.25/1.P06 Video P06 [MOV]
Video P07 - wake up person http://dx.doi.org/10.15126/SMG.25/1.P07 Video P07 [MOV]
Video P08 - bend person http://dx.doi.org/10.15126/SMG.25/1.P08 Video P08 [MOV]
Video P09 - person fall http://dx.doi.org/10.15126/SMG.25/1.P09 Video P09 [MOV]
Video P10 - burn http://dx.doi.org/10.15126/SMG.25/1.P10 Video P10 [MOV]
Video P11 - fall onto log http://dx.doi.org/10.15126/SMG.25/1.P11 Video P11 [MOV]
Video P12 - hear person http://dx.doi.org/10.15126/SMG.25/1.P12 Video P12 [MOV]
Video P13 - hold tree http://dx.doi.org/10.15126/SMG.25/1.P13 Video P13 [MOV]
Video P14 - bend plank http://dx.doi.org/10.15126/SMG.25/1.P14 Video P14 [MOV]
Video P15 - hold person http://dx.doi.org/10.15126/SMG.25/1.P15 Video P15 [MOV]
Video P16 - wash up http://dx.doi.org/10.15126/SMG.25/1.P16 Video P16 [MOV]
Video P17 - stand http://dx.doi.org/10.15126/SMG.25/1.P17 Video P17 [MOV]
Video P18 - be big http://dx.doi.org/10.15126/SMG.25/1.P18 Video P18 [MOV]
Video P19 - fall onto person http://dx.doi.org/10.15126/SMG.25/1.P19 Video P19 [MOV]
Video P20 - run http://dx.doi.org/10.15126/SMG.25/1.P20 Video P20 [MOV]
Video P21 - stand up http://dx.doi.org/10.15126/SMG.25/1.P21 Video P21 [MOV]

Project members

Prof Greville G. Corbett
Dr Matthew Baerman
Prof Dunstan Brown
Dr Sebastian Fedden

Period of award:

October 2009 - September 2012

Funder

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) through European Science Foundation-EuroBabel

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