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 comment on Shilluk culture. It complements the text on marriage by Johnson Otor Kwol. This text offers a perspective on the same topic by a woman, who comments specifically on the phenomenon of recently married women running away to the own family. Nyathom Thabo Odhong says that girls run back to their villages after they are taken to their new homes, because they are pulled back by the sweetness of dancing to drum and the love of their friends. She says that it is the pain of ‘’not going’’ to dance that makes them run back to their villages, though they really love their new homes.

Data Citation

Gwado Ayoker, Otto; Remijsen, Bert. (2014). NyathomThaboOdhong_SweetnessOfTheDrum, 2013 [sound]. University of Edinburgh. School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences. Linguistics and English Language. http://dx.doi.org/10.7488/ds/43.
Date made available28 Jan 2014
PublisherEdinburgh DataShare
Temporal coverage7 Dec 2013 - 7 Dec 2013
Geographical coverageSouth Sudan

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