A Grammar of Bilinarra: An Australian Aboriginal Language of by Rachel Nordlinger, Felicity Meakins

By Rachel Nordlinger, Felicity Meakins

This quantity is a grammatical description of Bilinarra, an endangered Australian language. This paintings attracts on fabrics amassed over a 20-year interval from the final first-language audio system of the language, such a lot of whom have considering passed on to the great beyond. designated cognizance is paid to all elements of the grammar, with all examples supplied with linked sound records.

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The details of the individual stations – Wave Hill, Limbunya, Waterloo and Birrundudu – are provided in The end of an era (1987); however, they observed similar conditions on all of these cattle stations. The Aboriginal workers and their families lived in humpies built from tin, hessian and tree limbs in cleared areas with few trees and therefore little shade. These clusters of humpies had no running water. Women carted water from nearby creeks or bores, or horse troughs when other sources ran dry.

This situation is probably also the case for the Bilinarra. 5. 4 Bilinarra life and culture today Nowadays most Bilinarra people live on their traditional lands at Pigeon Hole. Other Bilinarra people are found in Yarralin to the north and Kalkaringi to the south.

5:40 min. Ngayiny Jaru Jarragab was recorded in 2005 by Justin Spence with Ivy Kulngari Nangari-Nambijina† at Pigeon Hole. The story is told in Bilinarra and Kriol. It exists as an unpublished booklet. This story won the contemporary story category of the 2005 Northern Territory Indigenous Languages Story Writing competition. garra ‘Fishing’ Story was recorded and transcribed in 2002 by Felicity Meakins with Ivy Kulngari Nangari-Nambijina† in Katherine and exists as a video and an unpublished booklet held at Mimi Ngurrdalingi Aboriginal Corporation (previously Diwurruwurru-jaru Aboriginal Corporation) in Katherine, Northern Territory.

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