Mam, Xinca, and Pocomam Central linguistics

Mss.Rec.91

Date: 1969 | Size: 1 reel(s)

Abstract

Consists of samples of a larger set of material excerpted by the collector from his original field recordings. Conversations, elicited word lists with Spanish equivalents, and texts in three Guatemalan languages. Recorded in Guatemala in 1969.

Digital objects note

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Collection Information

Physical description

1 sound cassette (1 hr., 32 min.) : analog, 1 7/8 ips

1 sound cassette (1 hr., 32 min.) : analog, 1 7/8 ips

Provenance

Donated by George Simeon in 1972 (Acc. 1972 1835rec). This material was recorded with the assistance of a Phillips Fund grant.

Processing information

Collection digitized and cataloged by Brian Carpenter during the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funded audio digitization project, 2008-2014.

Related material

Report (3p.) on 1968-1969 fieldwork, summary of tapes (2p.), outline of monograph (1p.), and inventory of tape (1p.) available in Phillips Fund collection (Mss.497.3.Am4).

Indexing Terms


Genre(s)

  • Sound recordings

Subject(s)

  • Indians of Central America -- Guatemala -- Languages
  • Mam language
  • Mayan languages
  • Pokomam language
  • Witchcraft -- Guatemala
  • Xinca language


Detailed Inventory

Tape 1
  
01-01. Simeon, George.
A text in the Mixco dialect of Pocomam Central
19691 .mp3; 00:03:02

Central Pokomam language. This program is a sample made by the collector of a larger set of material on the collector's original tapes. The full original program is described in the collector's documenation as follows: "A 5-minute unglossed rambling text from a 65-year-old Mixco female. The text is not a good example of Pocomam Central, but no fluent speaker in Mixco could be found." The name of the speaker is not identified in the collector's documentation.

Location of originals: This file is a compressed, digitized version of the original. The APS Library maintains the original format (Audiocassette) as well as an uncompressed digitized version of this recording.

General physical description: 00:03:02


Geographic Name(s): Mixco (Guatemala, Guatemala)

Subject(s): Indians of Central America -- Guatemala -- Languages; Pokomam language; Anthropological linguistics

Access digital object:
http://diglib.amphilsoc.org/fedora/repository/audio:3645

01-02. Simeon, George.
Material in the Chinautlan dialect of Pocomam Central including examples of whispering and syllabating
19691 .mp3; 00:08:02

Central Pokomam language. This program is a sample made by the collector of a larger set of material on the collector's original tapes. The full original program is described in the collector's documenation as follows: "1 hour 53 minutes from a 26-year-old female speaker of Pocomam Central from Chinautla. Almost all the material is glossed in Spanish and includes songs, phrases, sentences, examples of whispering (to determine what changes the phonemic system of Pocomam Central undergoes when whispered), speaking slow (to determine syllabic boundaries), and for lexicostatistic purposes, the Pocomam Central equivalent of M. Mayers' 250-list as presented in _Languages of Guatemala_." The name of the speaker is not identified in the collector's documentation.

Location of originals: This file is a compressed, digitized version of the original. The APS Library maintains the original format (Audiocassette) as well as an uncompressed digitized version of this recording.

General physical description: 00:08:02


Geographic Name(s): Chinautla (Guatemala)

Subject(s): Pokomam language; Anthropological linguistics; Indians of Central America -- Guatemala -- Languages

Access digital object:
http://diglib.amphilsoc.org/fedora/repository/audio:3641

01-03. Simeon, George.
Material in the Palín dialect of Pocomam Central
19691 .mp3; 00:14:53

Central Pokomam language. This program is a sample made by the collector of a larger set of material on the collector's original tapes. The full original program is described in the collector's documenation as follows: "1 hour 32 minutes froma 69-year-old male speaker from Palín. The material includes [the Pocomam Central equivalent of M. Mayers' 250-list as presented in _Languages of Guatemala_], phrases, sentences (all glossed) and some short texts. The texts are explained in Spanish but are not glossed, since the informant was not capable of performing this task. No other informant from Palín could be obtained." The name of the speaker is not identified in the collector's documentation.

Location of originals: This file is a compressed, digitized version of the original. The APS Library maintains the original format (Audiocassette) as well as an uncompressed digitized version of this recording.

General physical description: 00:14:53


Geographic Name(s): Palín (Guatemala)

Subject(s): Pokomam language; Anthropological linguistics; Indians of Central America -- Guatemala -- Languages

Access digital object:
http://diglib.amphilsoc.org/fedora/repository/audio:3644

01-04. Simeon, George.
A dialogue between two speakers of the Chinautlan dialect of Pocomam Central
19691 .mp3; 00:53:33

Central Pokomam language. This program is a sample made by the collector of a larger set of material on the collector's original tapes. The full original program is described in the collector's documenation as follows: "A 1 hour 25 minute dialogue in Pocomam Central between [a 22 year-old female Ladina (mixed Spanish-Indian) of Chinautla] and a monolingual, approximately 32-year-old female of Chinautla. The conversation ranges over many topics including sorcery and disease, the Indian woman having had considerable first-hand experience as a vicitm of sorcery. This material is by far the most importnat and valuable item that I collected." The name of the speaker is not identified in the collector's documentation.

Location of originals: This file is a compressed, digitized version of the original. The APS Library maintains the original format (Audiocassette) as well as an uncompressed digitized version of this recording.

General physical description: 00:53:33


Geographic Name(s): Chinautla (Guatemala)

Subject(s): Anthropological linguistics; Pokomam Indians -- Social life and customs; Indians of Central America -- Guatemala -- Languages; Pokomam Indians -- Medicine; Pokomam language

Access digital object:
http://diglib.amphilsoc.org/fedora/repository/audio:3643

01-05. Simeon, George.
Texts in the Chinautlan dialect of Pocomam Central
19691 .mp3; 00:07:41

Central Pokomam language. This program is a sample made by the collector of a larger set of material on the collector's original tapes. The full original program is described in the collector's documenation as follows: "17 minutes from an 18-year-old female speaker of Pocomam Central from Chinautla. The Pocomam Central equivalent of some Spanish sentences are elicited from the informant, and she also gives a short text in Pocomam Central and Spanish (the text has been glossed.) Although this informant has the Pocomam Central phonological system intact, she is not a fluent speaker, since her Pocomam Central grammar and vocabulary are sub-standard." The names of the speakers are not identified in the collector's documentation.

Location of originals: This file is a compressed, digitized version of the original. The APS Library maintains the original format (Audiocassette) as well as an uncompressed digitized version of this recording.

General physical description: 00:07:41


Geographic Name(s): Chinautla (Guatemala)

Subject(s): Indians of Central America -- Guatemala -- Languages; Pokomam language; Anthropological linguistics

Access digital object:
http://diglib.amphilsoc.org/fedora/repository/audio:3640

01-06. Simeon, George.
Some isolated examples of Xinca, a non-Mayan language of Guatemala
19691 .mp3; 00:02:15

This program is a sample made by the collector of a larger set of material on the collector's original tapes. The full original program is described in the collector's documenation as follows: "18 minutes from an old Xinca male speaker. This non-Mayan language is now sociologically dead but has been the subject of a grammar by a Guatemalan linguist. The informant gives some Xinca words and their Spanish equivalents." The name of the speaker is not identified in the collector's documentation.

Location of originals: This file is a compressed, digitized version of the original. The APS Library maintains the original format (Audiocassette) as well as an uncompressed digitized version of this recording.

General physical description: 00:02:15


Geographic Name(s): Guatemala

Subject(s): Xinca language; Indians of Central America -- Guatemala -- Languages; Anthropological linguistics

Access digital object:
http://diglib.amphilsoc.org/fedora/repository/audio:3642

01-07. Simeon, George.
Two texts in the Chimaltenango dialect of Mam
19691 .mp3; 00:02:28

Northern Mam language, also known as Huehuetenango Mam. This program is a sample made by the collector of a larger set of material on the collector's original tapes. The full original program is described in the collector's documenation as follows: "5 minutes of Mam from a 32-year-old male speaker of Huehuetenango. he speaks first in Mam and then gives the Spanish equivalent. His texts discuss illness, bruheria, and medicinal plants all in relation to his village." The name of the speaker is not identified in the collector's documentation.

Location of originals: This file is a compressed, digitized version of the original. The APS Library maintains the original format (Audiocassette) as well as an uncompressed digitized version of this recording.

General physical description: 00:02:28


Geographic Name(s): Santiago Chimaltenango (Guatemala)

Subject(s): Mam Indians -- Ethnobotany; Anthropological linguistics; Indians of Central America -- Guatemala -- Languages; Mam language; Mam Indians -- Medicine

Access digital object:
http://diglib.amphilsoc.org/fedora/repository/audio:3639