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¥2,500,000 (Direct Cost: ¥2,500,000)
Fiscal Year 1998: ¥500,000 (Direct Cost: ¥500,000)
Fiscal Year 1997: ¥900,000 (Direct Cost: ¥900,000)
Fiscal Year 1996: ¥1,100,000 (Direct Cost: ¥1,100,000)
The present research is an accumulation of data from "TUE Shibata Notes", a study of dialect in the city of Hirara, Miyako, by Takeshi Shibata, a professor emeitus at the University of tokyo. For six years(1970 to 1975), professor Shibata conducted his research entering his conclusions into my personal computer, and the phonetic sounds were also recorded.
1. There were approximately 11,000 dialects (words) on the island during the time the research took place, However due to the fact that many were repetitive, the number in his reports was reduced to 6,500. Shibata conducted his research by recording the dialect of Genko Tatetsu, a native of the Shimozato neighborhood of Hirara, Unfortunately, Mr.Tatetsu has since passed away. Therefore, I made a trip to Miyako to record Meiso and Fumi Shimoji, who were also born (1918 and 1923) raised and presently reside in Shimozato.
2. The Hirara City Central Public Hall was the location used to make the recordings. The chosen recordings were those without sounds of locusts and other obstructing noises. I plan to complete the recordings this year.
3. DATs (Digital Audio Tapes) and MDs (Mini Discs) were used to make the recordings of which the tone quality as well as their nature of preservation were exellent. The MDs were used for supplemental recordings.
4. Although twenty-five years have past since the research of "The Shibata Notes", the pronunciations of words have not changed, therefore, the passage of time is irrelevant.
5. The system of phonetic sounds recorded analsing the dialect of Hirara resemble many of the dialects throughout Miyako.