This item consists of a recorded Shilluk narrative (wav file), accompanied with annotation (in Praat TextGrid) and associated information: metadata, permissions and speaker questionnaire. The associated information is also summarized, in a spreadsheet. The TextGrid annotation includes Shilluk orthography, translation, and comments.


The Shilluk recording at the center of this item is a procedural narrative. Goats are very important to Shilluks. This short narrative shows how children take care of goats. They take the responsibility of looking after goats when they are about seven years old. The boy has to keep the goats tied down to their pegs so that they should not destroy people’s properties like crops in the rainy season. And they have to keep their places, both in the barn (lwag) or outside the lwag. During the day time, the boys herd the goats outside the village for pasture and watch the goats, so that they should not go to the fields to destroy crops. In the evening they boys herd back the goats to the village, and so on. The story tells what the boys do while looking after goats during the day. It is a wonderful world!

Data Citation

Gwado Ayoker, Otto; Remijsen, Bert. (2013). FrancisBoywomoOpiti_Goats1, 2013 [sound]. University of Edinburgh. School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences. Linguistics and English Language.
Date made available9 Dec 2013
PublisherEdinburgh DataShare
Temporal coverage9 Nov 2013 - 9 Nov 2013
Geographical coverageSouth Sudan

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