Collection Descriptive Notes:
Robert Blair and Refugio Vermont-Salas elicit conversations ("authentic speech") from native Maya speakers (male and female) from the villages of Bulukax, Cantamayec, Dzitas, Kanasin, Merida, Peto, Pisté, Tekax, Ticul, Tixméuac, Tizimin, and Xocempich in the State of Yucatán.
Collection Technical Notes:
All these tapes were collected in the Yucatan Peninsula in 1963 for the express purpose of being excerpted as authentic speech for the Spoken Yucatec Maya course, by Blair and Vermont. Norman McQuown listened to most of the tapes and prepared phonetic transcriptions of many of them in order to facilitate the selection of excerpts. (See also the report prepared by JJT on 6 April 2005 for a detailed survey of these tapes: "Yucatec Maya Dialect Survey..." in the binder, "J. Toth's Preservation Projects".) McQuown's transcriptions have now been scanned, and the WAVE files have now been converted to MP3s.
Blair, Robert W.; and Refugio Vermont-Salas, et al.