Review: VIEWS OF THE STARBURST WORLD: William Dawes at Sydney Cove 1788-91. By Ross Gibson. UWA Publishing. 304pp. $29.95. Reviewer: STEPHEN WILKS
This book is largely structured around Dawes's two remarkable notebooks on the language of the Eora people of the Sydney region. He recorded words that have transmuted into icons of Australian English - dingo, corroboree, cooee, waratah and woomera. Not that his notes are dull word lists reminiscent of one's year eight French text. They are the most extensive record of this language, and their coverage of complex grammar and transcripts of short conversations testify to his probing of an alien culture.
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By ABC Open Producer Paul Bray
The Yindjibarndi language has been spoken around here for a long time. A hill kangaroo is a marndanyungu, an emu a jarnkurna, a goanna an aurrumanthu and an echidna a jirriwi.
Students at the Peg's Creek school have also been busy learning the Yindjibarndi language.
Lynda Ryder (aka Mrs Ryder), a local Yindjibarndi Elder, teaches LOTE classes throughout the week with primary students of all ages.
Peg's Creek students are currently learning some new vocabulary (this week words describe the local Pilbara environment), family relationship words, sentences, prefixes and much more.
So how about some Yindjibarndi counting?
1 - Gunjirri
2 - Gulharra
3 - Jarrwurdi
4 - Gulharraulhamba
5 - Maru
Many more - Marnuwarra
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