Gumbaynggirr Dictionary & Learner's Grammar

Gumbaynggirr Dictionary & Learner's Grammar

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The homelands of the Gumbaynggirr lie between the Clarence and the Nambucca rivers in northern New South Wales. The Baanbay people to the West speak the same language. As with many Aboriginal Australian languages, Gumbaynggirr had fewer and fewer speakers and was in danger of extinction. All that changed in 1986 when a small group of elders took steps to revive it, and this book is a tribute to their efforts.

Each year more and more people relearn Gumbaynggirr. Language learning courses and books, such as this, are an important part of a revival of the language that belongs to this land.

Gumbaynggirr bijarr jandaygam, ngaawa gugaarrigam is based on an earlier publication, A Gumbaynggirr language dictionary, produced by the Muurrbay Language Centre and published by Aboriginal Studies Press in 2001. However, there have been many revisions and improvements:

  • There are now more than 2700 entries, many more than in the earlier book, and the definitions have been revised and expanded.
  • An easy-to-read grammar section has been created to help language learners.
  • Semantic fields help learners to find words of similar things, such as birds, or emotions, or insects or artefacts.
  • A section on new words has been added to the English to Gumbaynggirr finder list, allowing modern speakers to include Gumbaynggirr equivalents for numbers, days of the week, household items and so on.
  • Additional information on families shows the reader, in words and colour diagrams, the relationships words that Gumbaynggirr people traditionally used with each other. 
  • Two new maps depict the Gumbaynggirr world, and several pictures complement the word entries.

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  • Author: Super User
  • Publisher: Muurrbay Aboriginal Language & Culture Co-op
  • ISBN-13: 978 0 9775351 5 6
  • Pages: 392 pages
  • Price: $60.00

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