By Rachel Nordlinger, Felicity Meakins
This quantity is a grammatical description of Bilinarra, an endangered Australian language. This paintings attracts on fabrics accrued over a 20-year interval from the final first-language audio system of the language, so much of whom have on the grounds that passed on to the great beyond. distinct realization is paid to all points of the grammar, with all examples supplied with linked sound records.
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Extra info for A Grammar of Bilinarra: An Australian Aboriginal Language of the Northern Territory
Nonetheless, by 1902 the number of attacks had diminished, which Lewis (2012: 115) suggests may have been related to the decreasing numbers of Aboriginal people, who had suﬀered great losses, and the establishment of ‘blacks camps’ on the cattle stations. Indeed cattle station owners realised that Aboriginal people could provide a source of cheap labour. By this time in Australia’s colonisation, convict labour was no longer available. Rose (2000: 14) suggests that Aboriginal people in the VRD, including the Bilinarra, came to work on cattle stations as a means of survival.
Nordlinger’s work focused on grammatical and lexical elicitation and women’s songs. Figure 2: Hector Waitbiari Jangari† and Anzac Munganyi Jangari† (Photo: Rachel Nordlinger 1990) 1 In fact the ﬁrst recorded words of Bilinarra can be found in a word list of Victoria River languages in Constable W. H. 2). 6 The language and its speakers During the 1990s, Diwurruwurru-jaru Aboriginal Corporation (DAC, the Katherine Regional Aboriginal Language Centre, now Mimi Ngurrdalingi Aboriginal Corporation) began to expand its language maintenance and revitalisation work west of Katherine.
Constable Willshire was the ﬁrst police oﬃcer posted there; he was later replaced by Sergeant O’Keefe who was stationed there until 1898, before the police station was moved to its current location at Timber Creek (Rose 1991: 29). Constable Willshire kept diaries and in 1896 published an account of his time spent in the area. Although Willshire was condemned by pastoralists for interfering with their bloody attempts to secure land, he himself freely admitted to instigating and participating in numerous massacres.
A Grammar of Bilinarra: An Australian Aboriginal Language of the Northern Territory by Rachel Nordlinger, Felicity Meakins