Sulawesi Language Alliance

Championing Local Languages in the Heart of Indonesia

Survey Instruments

On this page are links to survey instruments—that is to say, blank forms which have not been filled in. The primary audience for these forms are linguistic field researchers who are working in the Indonesian context.

While all forms have been used at one time or another for collecting data in the field, they are presented ‘as is.’ It is up to the researcher to determine whether a survey instrument is suitable for a particular purpose.


Items on this page are in various formats, including Portable Document Format (PDF) and other formats as noted.

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Survey of Names of Sulawesi Mammals

The island of Sulawesi has a relatively low number of mammals (around 127 known species), yet nearly two-thirds of these species are endemic. Perhaps the best known of Sulawesi’s unique fauna are the babirusa and the anoa.

This survey asks for the names of thirty-one mammals from across Sulawesi. It also gives room to expand on answers in several different directions, particularly as you note how these animals relate to the human sphere—for example is the animal kept as a pet? Is it hunted and if so by what means? Do people tell folktales about it?

The survey includes instructions for returning the completed form, but feel free to use it as a guide to your own lexicographic or ethnographic investigations into the mammalian fauna of Sulawesi.

sulawesi_mammals_survey.doc - Microsoft Word document, English language version.

Sulawesi Umbrella Wordlist and the Sulawesi Long List

The Sulawesi Umbrella Wordlist (SUW) is a 488-item word list that was developed by Timothy Friberg. It incorporates items from several other lists including Morris Swadesh’s well-known 200-item basic core vocabulary, Robert Blust’s 200-item basic vocabulary of Proto-Malayo-Polynesian, and Lawrence Reid’s 372-item expanded Philippine word list. From 1987 onward the Sulawesi Umbrella Wordlist has served as a standard for SIL researchers working in the Sulawesi region.

The Sulawesi Long List (SLL) adds 356 items to the Sulawesi Umbrella Wordlist for a total of 844 items. It is designed as an intermediate-length list that fills the gap between the shorter Sulawesi Umbrella Wordlist and the longer Holle lists (about 1500 items) and the Intercontinental Dictionary Series (about 1800 items).

Common to both the Sulawesi Umbrella Wordlist and the Sulawesi Long List is a set of annotations along with pictures that are designed to aid the researcher in eliciting consistent and accurate responses. Some annotations focus in on the exact meaning of the item in question, others give areas of expected difficulty, while still others give contexts for eliciting an item. The annotations are not optional, but should be regarded as an integral part of the elicitation process.

At this time we are able to make the Sulawesi Umbrella Wordlist and the Sulawesi Long List available in three formats: as PDFs (can be printed, and the list taken by hand), as Toolbox database (for those who have the Field Linguist's Toolbox program installed on their computer), and as a Microsoft Excel table.

PDFs

sulawesi-umbrella-wordlist.pdf - the Sulawesi Umbrella Wordlist. Download and print this file if you wish to record responses by hand.

sulawesi-umbrella-wordlist-annotations.pdf - the set of annotations, with pictures, designed to accompany the Sulawesi Umbrella Wordlist. Use these annotations as part and parcel of the elicitation process.

sulawesi-long-list.pdf - the Sulawesi Long List. Download and print this file if you wish to record responses by hand.

sulawesi-long-list-annotations.pdf - the set of annotations, with pictures, designed to accompany the Sulawesi Long List. Use these annotations as part and parcel of the elicitation process.

Toolbox

suw-and-sll-in-toolbox-format.zip - a zipped folder containing the Sulawesi Umbrella Wordlist and the Sulawesi Long List as a Toolbox database with standard format markers (a.k.a. backslash codes). The zipped folder contains all the files necessary for opening the database in Toolbox. Annotations are included in the database. Images are included in a subfolder. See the initial record of the database for instructions on how to automatically link to the images from within the Toolbox program. These files require the user to have installed the Field Linguist's Toolbox program on their computer.

Excel

suw-and-sll-in-excel-format.xls - a Microsoft Excel file that presents the Sulawesi Umbrella Wordlist and Sulawesi Long List in table format. Item numbers, English glosses and Indonesian glosses appear in separate columns. Additional columns key the SUW and SLL to other common word list schemas such as Swadesh’s 100- and 200-item lists, Reid’s expanded Philippines word list, the Austronesian Basic Vocabulary list, and the Leipzig-Jakarta list.

The Excel table does not contain annotations or pictures. Download the annotations separately using links given above.


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