Recorded Events

Recorded Event: The story of how outsiders came

Type: Narrative: Contemporary Events

Primary Speech Variety: Mountain Arapesh: Balam variety

Secondary Speech Varieties: Tok Pisin

Date: Location: Balam Duration: 7:05

Description: History of local people’s contact with outsiders, focusing especially on the Japanese during WWII

Note: notebook: r2.11-14

Note: TP translation exists for this text


  1. Lise Dobrin · Researcher, (F : 32) ~ American linguist, born Chicago 1966. Graduate student (linguistics, University of Chicago).
  2. Wilson Marai · Primary, (M : c 75) Balam ~ fluent Arapesh speaker. Born after WWI. Learned TP after WWII, at But Mission. Went to govt. school and Brandi High School. Trained as a teacher. Worked for 25 years as a teacher the Administration government.


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tape 30 (A)


  1. How Outsiders Came (Balam)