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 recording at the center of this item is a narrative. Hunting is an important economic activity to the Shilluk people. Hunting is done in the dry season after people have gathered in their crops. The narrator here is speaking about the major ones, when the nearby villages agree to go hunting. This hunting is co-ordinated because after the hunting animals may migrate to a far place and this causes disputes among the villages. The performer discusses, in turn, the hunting of gazelles, antelopes, hippos, and – in one particular circumstance only – water bucks. Shilluks are not allowed to kill leopards, water bucks and giraffes. Ostrich and red flamingo are not allowed to be killed. If one kills any of these animals, he must report to the chief of the clan that is in charge of that animal, and must give him the animal’s skin. The chief will report to Pachodo, taking with him the animal’s skin. In case of birds, the flamingo wings, and ostrich feathers are taken to Pachodo.

Data Citation

Gwado Ayoker, Otto; Remijsen, Bert. (2014). JeremiahJwokpapyejGay_Hunting, 2014 [sound]. University of Edinburgh. School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences. Linguistics and English Language.
Date made available4 Mar 2014
PublisherEdinburgh DataShare
Temporal coverage15 Feb 2014 - 15 Feb 2014
Geographical coverageSouth Sudan

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