Category Archives: Animals

Goat skin: A note on a (possibly) unusual lexicalisation

The lexicon In the Baskeet language, a lexical distinction is made between gamma ‘cow skin’ and shaacc ‘goat/sheep skin’, but there is no general term for ‘skin’. [Addition 15/10/2012: The terms are not related to the lexemes for ‘cow’ or … Continue reading

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Noisy Birds and Language Documentation

Recordings in the field can be easily disturbed. During my Baskeet fieldwork, the most common noises that threaten good-quality recordings are loud evangelical pop music, hee-hawing donkeys, crowing cocks, the steady beat of diesel engines from the mills, and – … Continue reading

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Musical instruments: B’ita

In Baskeet, a variety of instruments are used exclusively during mourning ceremonies but never played at weddings or other happy occasions, among them are different types of wooden and horn trumpets. This is the third blog post portraying a “mourning … Continue reading

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