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Analytical discussion on the drama Gharphū̃kan patōh 'spendthrift daughter-in-law'

Description: This is an analytical discussion — in Urdu — on a drama titled – Gharphū̃kan patōh (Eng. spendthrift daughter-in-law). It depicts a typical rural life of the North Indian plains where a woman and her family are very much sick of the misdeeds of the daughter-in-law because she is very spendthrift! Naazli helps Maaz understand some unfamiliar words and guides him through some of the sentences while she was sewing some clothes on the sewing machine.
Date: February 4, 2020
Duration: 4 minutes 03 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information

Conversation about the current government and its policies

Description: This is a video recording of an interview type conversation between the researcher and Aquil Ahmad on the current BJP government and its policies. At the researcher’s request, Aquil Ahmad presents his critical views related to the present Government, its policies, and its supporters and voters.
Date: February 3, 2020
Duration: 3 minutes 36 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information

Conversation at Aquil Ahmad’s agricultural farm

Description: This is a video recording of a conversation of Aquil Ahmad at his farm with the farm laborers and when visiting his farms. The conversation starts with Mr. Aquil introducing and enumerating the benefits of technology in agriculture, such as the ‘Superseeder’ machine that plows the stubble left after harvesting and sows the seeds. Then he directs his workers on how to scatter the seeds and fertilizer. After that, Mr. Musafir arrives, and Mr. Aquil discusses the various farm produce in recent years and the required efforts and challenges involved. Then he asks Mr. Musafir to share his personal accounts with the researcher. Mr. Aquil too shares his personal experiences from the past. Later on, they both talk about political issues.
Date: December 2, 2020
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes 05 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information

Conversation between Tauqeer Ahmad and the children of Bindawal village

Description: This is a conversation between Tauqeer Ahmad and the children of Bindawal village in the Northern Azamgarhi dialect as they were warming themselves in front of a fire. The children seeing the researcher and Mr. Tauqeer, try to escape but Mr. Tauqeer asks them to stay at their places. He then starts questioning an incident that took place the previous night wherein police arrived at the village and fined someone who was fishing illegally.
Date: November 23, 2020
Duration: 7 minutes 56 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information

Conversation in Fatehpur village about land issues, village, farming, harvest, and fisheries

Description: This is a conversation between three people in Fatehpūr village in the Maū district of UP. The conversation begins with some land issues in Fatehpūr and then moves on to modern-day farming issues faced in the village. Then the speakers move on to discussing the prospects of fisheries and then to the climate of Fatehpūr, which is relatively colder because of the Fatehpūr Ratōh Lake.
Date: November 21, 2020
Duration: 20 minutes 26 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information

Conversation in Mande village of Azamgarh

Description: This is a conversation between four-five people. Maaz — accompanied by his father — visits his (late) paternal grandmother’s ancestral home in Mande village. His father and his grandmother’s sister-in-law have a conversation which was joined by her relatives too. Maaz finds the conversation quite interesting and decides to record it. It ranges from a discussion on the modern age and its issues on family members, religion, current issues, politics, etc.
Date: January 31, 2020
Duration: 13 minutes 56 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information

Conversation on issues of agricultural produce, and about relatives

Description: This is a conversation in Ḍhilaī̃ village, situated nearby Fatehpūr, in the Maū district of UP, taking place in the Eastern dialect of Azamgarhi. The conversation begins with some issues in the selling of the current year’s harvest of paddy. Then the speakers move on to talking on matters of relatives.
Date: November 21, 2020
Duration: 25 minutes 38 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information

Conversation on the language of Rampur with Mr. Akhlaque (in Urdu)

Description: This is a conversation primarily with Mr. Akhlaque. After recording some conversations in Rāmpūr village, the researcher learns the language of the Muslims to be Bhojpuri and almost the same as that of the Hindu population, unlike that in Fatehpūr. He then moves near to Mr. Akhlaque to enquire about this. Mr. Jameel then joins the conversation and adds his opinion on the ongoing topic.
Date: November 22, 2020
Duration: 2 minutes 53 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information

Conversation on the phone

Description: This is an audio recording of Wali, 16 year old boy, having a conversation with his friend on a mobile phone. He appears to be quite upset about an event at his one friend’s house during birthday celebrations. He narrates to his friend, on phone, the heated exchange of words between him and some other friend. The swear words are bleeped.
Date: February 3, 2020
Duration: 3 minutes 22 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information

Conversation while cleaning fishes

Description: This is a recording of a conversation while cleaning fishes. There was some conversation between women who were cleaning fishes. In order to get natural data, Maaz goes near to them, sits, and starts recording without alerting them. Suddenly as few seconds pass, one of them alerts, and everyone takes a surprise! But a few moments later, they become comfortable with it. They then start imitating and mocking the far northern variety of Azamgarhi spoken in Dewārā, the flood plain area of the Ghaghra river in the northern part of Azamgarh.
Date: January 28, 2020
Duration: 5 minutes 24 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information

Conversation with a child while he is writing Arabic letters on a wooden writing board

Description: This is a video recording of a conversation between Nazneen Shaikh — a semi-speaker of the Azamgarhi language — and Safwan Shaikh, a native Azamgarhi speaking child. Safwan is practicing writing the Arabic alphabet on a wooden writing board as homework given by his Maulānā of the Madrasāh. Nazneen seems interested in this and keenly observes his writing while making a video of him. She asks a few questions to Safwan and directs him. Safwan — still a beginner — struggles with writing and messes up while each time laughing at his own mistakes. Nazneen guides him through. Finally, the disconnection of the electricity supply puts an end to the video.
Date: November 13, 2015
Duration: 3 minutes 36 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Nazneen
Partner: UNT College of Information

Conversation with Irfan Ahmad Usmani about language, Chāndpūr village, and relatives (in Urdu)

Description: This is a conversation in (Pharaī) Chāndpūr village situated in the Maū district of UP, between Irfan Ahmad Usmani, Maaz Shaikh and his uncle Saeeduz Zafar Ali. The conversation begins with a discussion on the variety of Azamgarhi spoken in this village and continues to the Azamgarhi language and thereafter to the different local vernaculars spoken in Eastern UP and Bihar. Further, Mr. Usmani describes the village, its iconic location due to it being situated near the banks of a tributary (Pharaī in Azamgarhi) of the Ghāgrā river, and its unique tongue. Then, the conversation moves on to a discussion on relatives. Later on, his sister too joins the conversation.
Date: November 22, 2020
Duration: 29 minutes 20 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information
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COVID-19 Information Flyer in Azamgarhi language

Description: This is an Information Flyer in the Azamgarhi language. These flyers were designed in different languages of India and the Indian subcontinent, as an initiative by Society for Endangered Languages (SEL India) to create awareness to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Date: July 24, 2020
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information

Discussion of irrigation systems (in Urdu)

Description: This is a discussion on the popular irrigation systems used in Azamgarh and nearby areas of Purvanchal, Uttar Pradesh state, before the invention of tube wells. This discussion briefly also extends to farming systems and agricultural tools. This discussion was primarily between the researcher and two residents of southern Azamgarh who were distant relatives to the researcher. It took place almost entirely in Urdu, whereas some background noises can be frequently heard in Azamgarhi.
Date: January 28, 2020
Duration: 43 minutes 41 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information

Discussion on languages of the Purvanchal region of UP and Urdu

Description: This is a discussion about the language and language varieties spoken in the districts of the Pūrvānchal region of the state of Uttar Pradesh, such as Maū, Balliā, and Āzamgaṛh. The speaker Mr. Maqsood Khan initiates with a short monologue on the election season in his mother tongue Bhojpuri spoken in his village Jogarī. He then proceeds to the varieties spoken in the region as he seems to have excellent knowledge on the same. The monologue then turns into a discussion about the differences of culture and language of Āzamgaṛh and Maū. It then shifts to the state of Urdu in India.
Date: November 22, 2020
Duration: 14 minutes 26 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information

Discussion on languages of the Purvanchal region of UP and Urdu

Description: This is a discussion about the language and language varieties spoken in the districts of the Pūrvānchal region of the state of Uttar Pradesh, such as Maū, Balliā, and Āzamgaṛh. The speaker Mr. Maqsood Khan initiates with a short monologue on the election season in his mother tongue Bhojpuri spoken in his village Jogarī. He then proceeds to the varieties spoken in the region as he seems to have excellent knowledge on the same. The monologue then turns into a discussion about the differences of culture and language of Āzamgaṛh and Maū. It then shifts to the state of Urdu in India.
Date: November 22, 2020
Duration: 12 minutes 50 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information

Elicitation of wordlist about water bodies

Description: This is a short video recording on elicitation of a wordlist about water bodies. The researcher was eliciting words primarily with Seher Aquil and Khalida Bano while both were sitting in the courtyard basking in the afternoon sun. After some time, other family members too come and join in. The participants spoke in the Southern Azamgarhi dialect.
Date: January 25, 2020
Duration: 1 minute 05 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz & Khan, Faiza
Partner: UNT College of Information

Interpretation of an Urdu poem on dowry system

Description: This is a description of an Urdu poem, written by one of the speaker's relatives, on the dowry system prevalent in North India. The poem is in the Urdu language, and the speaker interprets it and explains its meaning and significance in Azamgarhi to the researcher.
Date: February 1, 2020
Duration: 4 minutes 52 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information
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Manuscript of fieldnotes on Azamgarhi language

Description: This is a manuscript of handwritten fieldnotes on Azamgarhi language by Maaz Shaikh. These fieldnotes are of initial elicitation of words and some basic sentences. Later on, the researcher shifts to ‘Discourse-centered approach’.
Date: 2019-12/2020-11
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information

Monologue on Mande village

Description: This is a monologue on Mande village by Master Mohammad Khalid. The narrative is in the Northern (Mande) dialect of Azamgarhi. Frequent code-switching to Urdu can be easily heard even when pointed out to speak in the local language by the researcher in the beginning part of the recording.
Date: January 31, 2020
Duration: 2 minutes 10 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information
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