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Main Title: Wuka nya-nganunga li-Yanyuwa li-Anthawirriyarra = Language for us, the Yanyuwa saltwater people : a Yanyuwa encyclopaedia. Volume 1 / Yanyuwa families and John Bradley incorporating the work of Jean Kirton and Elfreda MacDonald. Book Cover
Author: Bradley, John, 1959-
Kirton, Jean F.
MacDonald, Elfreda.
Yanyuwa families.
Imprint: North Melbourne, Vic : Australian Scholarly Publishing Pty Ltd, 2016.
Collation: xxvii, 589 pages : 23 cm. illustrations, maps, paperback ;
Subject: First Nations Australians
Yanyuwa language.
First Nations Australians - - Language
Yanuwa (First Nations Australian people)
Northern Territory
Northern district (NT)
ISBN: 9781925003673
"A Yanyuwa Encyclopaedic Dictionary, by John Bradley and Yanyuwa Families, is a substantial two-volume work that will serve as a rich, authoritative repository of cultural and linguistic knowledge for, and about, the Yanyuwa Saltwater people from coastal and island country near Borroloola, Northern Territory. While the two companion volumes together will ultimately form a comprehensive reference set, for use by Yanyuwa people and their children as well as by ethnographic and linguistic scholars, they will also be available separately, to facilitate wide dissemination of their content among special interest researchers."--Website.

"Volume 1 (over 120,000 words) will be of considerable interest to a broad range of ethnographic and cultural studies researchers, as well as to linguists. Following a poignant framing Preface and Introduction, chapters consider the country of Yanyuwa language (with b/w illustration); the various historical and contemporary recorders and recordings of the language; examples of 35 significant Yanyuwa texts recorded between 1959 and 2013, many of them extensive and all with both word-by-word and more polished English translations; over 100 Yanyuwa song poetry texts many short but others involving extended song cycles and their English translations; 26 pivotal Yanyuwa Ancestral Dreaming stories and their English translations. Appendices cover: Yanyuwa words games; Yanyuwa string games (with b/w illustration); Yanyuwa sign language (with b/w illustration). Includes bibliography and index."--Website.

Contents: Finding the beginning : a reflection -- The country of the Yanyuwa language : languages before non-Aboriginal contact; The contemporary language community; Initial non-Aboriginal contact; Borroloola and the Malarndarri camp; The cattle industry; Education: schools and policy; Recent trends -- Recording Yanyuwa: people, words and meanings : Ludwig Leichhardt; W.G. Stretton; Baldwin Spencer and Frank Gillen; Arthur Capell; Marie Reay; Ken Hale; Elwin Flint; Jean Kirton, Elfreda McDonald and Yasuko Nagai; John Bradley -- Yanyuwa texts : texts collected by Marie Reay, 1959-62; Texts collected by Ken Hale, 1959; Texts collected by Jean Kirton, 1964-84; Texts collected by Yasuko Nagai, 1980-81; Texts collected by John Bradley, 1982-2013; Yanyuwa song poetry -- Ancestral Dreaming texts -- Appendix A: Yanyuwa word games -- Appendix B: Yanyuwa sign language -- Appendix C: Yanyuwa string games.

Includes bibliographical references (pages [561]-564) and index.
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