Original Linguistic Survey of India recordings

Doug Cooper doug.cooper.thailand at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jan 10 06:09:22 UTC 2014

Hi, Seino -- wanted to mention that you can find what I think is a
complete pdf of the texts as given on the Chicago site here:
I wasn't able (maybe 2-3 months ago?) to track down any other, similar
publications from different areas in India -- please let me know if
you ever run into any.

Copies of the original recordings were also deposited in France, and
the audio tracks are also available online there via Persee or something
similar.  I did a very quick comparison between a couple of the French
and Chicago (British) recordings; my impression was that the hiss and
pops were the same (i.e. they may have reused the Chicago digital files).

Be well,

On 1/6/2014 9:16 PM, Seino van Breugel wrote:
> Dear colleagues,
> I would like to draw your attention to a website that provides access to the
> archived original gramophone recordings made for Grierson's Linguistic Survey
> of India. The link is
> http://dsal.uchicago.edu/lsi/
> This website also indicates, in a note under the recordings, that the
> transcripts in the books sometimes differ from what the speakers actually say.
> The text of the Prodigal Son in Atong, for example, appears to be much more
> like the Atong language that I recorded than the transcript in Grierson makes
> one believe. There is, for example, a three-way voicing contrast in the stops
> that is not indicated in the transcript.
> I find it absolutely fantastic to be able to hear the voices of people who
> lived a hundred years ago speaking languages that we are familiar with.
> Best wishes,
> Seino
> Dr. Seino van Breugel
> Lecturer in Linguistics
> Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand

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