Events Calendar

December 2022

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
  • Faculty meeting
  • Language Documentation Training Center Fundraiser
  • Lydia Eastman and Melia Gomes
  • EEO Briefing (tentative)
  • Destress Fest 2
  • Dannielle Farrall and Kelli McLeod
  • Department Graduation event - Moore Hall courtyard
  • EEO Briefing (tentative) 8-Dec-2022  12:00 pm - 1:15 pm 575 MH and hybrid on zoom
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  • Destress Fest 2 8-Dec-2022  1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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  • Dannielle Farrall and Kelli McLeod 9-Dec-2022  12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Moore Hall, Room 155A

    Title:  Besemah Folklore: An Ethnopoetic Analysis (Farrall) and Getting the Conversation Started: Creating Children's Literature in the Nasal Language (McLeod)

    Speaker:  Dannielle Farrall and Kelli McLeod, MA Students

    Location: Moore Hall, Room 155A (limited seating, up to 25)
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    Meeting ID: 913 8671 0365
    Passcode: 606738

    Abstract for Besemah Folklore: An Ethnopoetic Analysis (Dannielle Farrall):  This presentation describes the documentation and analysis of Andai-andai, an endangered genre of folklore in Besemah, a Malayic language spoken in the highlands of southwest Sumatra, Indonesia. These folktales were collected by Bradley McDonnell and translated with the help of Hendi Feriza. Over the past few months, I, along with Cole Flottman, helped improve the documentation by editing the transcriptions and translations of Besemah Andai-andai in ELAN. Through this process , I also analyzed the narrative through an ethnopoetic lens. This method works to understand how participants interact and perceive the stories with a sensitivity towards knowing what we receive as listeners may not be as direct and straightforward as we expect, especially in regards to a narrative structure. (Dobrin, 2012). This process includes identifying structure, discourse patterns, and possible metaphors dealing with cultural and historical aspects of the narratives (Scorcia, 2016). I discuss the multifaceted goals of this project, along with the overarching themes, characters and cultural aspects found within the Andai-andai. 

    About the presenter: Dannielle Farrall, also known as Dannie Farrall, is finishing her Master’s Degree of Linguistics, in the Language Documentation and conservation stream. She earned her Bachelor degree in Film/Media and Chinese Language from the University of Rhode Island in 2018. Influenced by her experience in working with narratives and studying languages, she naturally turned towards understanding narratives important to a wide range of cultures. Her main areas of interest are language documentation, sociolinguistics, folklore and historical linguistics.


    Abstract for Getting the Conversation Started: Creating Children's Literature in the Nasal Langauge (Kelli McLeod): In this presentation, I describe a project to create the first prototypes of children’s literature in Nasal, an endangered Sumatran language spoken on the coast of southwest Sumatra. As part of an ongoing collaborative relationship between members of the Nasal language community and Bradley McDonnell and others at UH, I developed prototypes of the very first children’s books written in the Nasal language. I discuss this project from initial ideation, addressing the need for children’s literature in Nasal, the roles of non-Nasal collaborators in this project, as well as practical issues of orthography, choice of words and pictures among other considerations when creating the book. I then report on the current state of materials being shared with collaborators who are members of the Nasal community. and how our interactions are continuing to shape the development of these materials.

    About the presenter: Kelli McLeod is currently completing a Master of Linguistics at the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa, focusing on Language Documentation and Conservation. She has previously completed her B.Ed from the University of Victoria and Diploma of Teacher-Librarianship from the University of British Columbia. She worked as a classroom teacher and teacher librarian in Canada before moving to Hawaiʻi and beginning her linguistic studies. Informed by her previous education and employment, Kelli’s research at UH has focused on the interaction of children’s literature with language revitalization.

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