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By Rachel Nordlinger, Felicity Meakins

ISBN-10: 161451268X

ISBN-13: 9781614512684

This quantity is a grammatical description of Bilinarra, an endangered Australian language. This paintings attracts on fabrics gathered over a 20-year interval from the final first-language audio system of the language, such a lot of whom have considering gave up the ghost. specific realization is paid to all features of the grammar, with all examples supplied with linked sound documents.

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Barrjirda ‘Quoll’ Dreaming. 9:45 min Bilinarra Bilinarra Bilinarra BIL05aud Bush activities. 30:49 min Bilinarra The stimulus for this recording comes from raw video data taken for the Bilinarra project. Topics covered include making ashes, collecting mirndiwirri, antbed and lemon grass for treating babies with heated termite mound and collecting yams. track06aud Bush activities. 10:59 min Bilinarra The stimulus for this recording comes from raw video data taken for the Bilinarra project. Topics covered include collecting bush gum, and the stories attached to Wanbangi and Garrari.

Paintings and broken pieces of spearhead can still be found in the rock shelters where they camped. This annual break from station life was also the time when Bandimi ceremony was performed. This ceremony is the first stage of initiating boys into manhood, and all members of the community participated in it. During the rest of the year the Bilinarra also maintained some of their ceremonial life. Catherine Berndt (1950) observed that women continued to perform Jarrarda and Yawulyu ceremonies on the stations in the evenings when they were no longer required by their gardiya employers.

The same river is only found in the northern part of Gurindji country. Bilinarra also contains some cardinal forms which do not exist in Gurindji, which relate to rivers. A couple of Bilinarra examples are given below. 4. gu gaa-rnug, magirliwan-gu. river kangaroo-DAT I swam east across the river to (get) a kangaroo. S north-XX-XX=ONLY FOC leave-PST sideways Warlguna-nggurra placename-ALL Then they left and went along the north side of the river to Warlguna. 3 The socio-political and linguistic history of the Bilinarra people The endangered status of Bilinarra is closely tied to the current social circumstances and recent history of Bilinarra people.

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