Communities developing resources and competencies for using their languages
Foundational understanding for language development work of all kinds
Publications, fonts and computer tools for language development, translation and research
SIL offers training in disciplines relevant to sustainable language development.
7,105 languages are spoken or signed. CLICK for map of world languages & regional websites.
SIL's dedication to language development past and present
In this paper I present metadata (instructions) for using a set of audio recordings of Cusco Quechua, a language spoken in Peru. A Spanish version of this paper is also available on this same site. The details described here include when, where, how, and why the recordings were made; a list of the lexical items that were elicited, along with their glosses; and an explanation of how the accompanying WAV files are named and organized. These files represent the speech of three adult male native speakers, and include an orthographic transcription tier for use with Praat. The target words were carefully selected to exemplify all consonant and vowel phonemes, plus a few salient allophones. They were elicited in a consistent sentential frame, and were pronounced five times each by every speaker. Consequently, they can serve as a corpus of acoustic data for anyone interested in doing an instrumental analysis of the phonetic characteristics of Cusco Quechua. For this reason, the paper includes only a minimal amount of actual phonological description.
The audio files are available in two formats: 1) as a bulk zip file at the bottom of this record or 2) as interactive streaming wordlists that can be individually downloaded