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Gurgun Mibinyah: Yugambeh, Ngarahngwal, Ngahnduwal
Compiled and Edited by Margaret Sharpe
Product Description
Gurgun Mibinyah (belonging to Mibiny speakers) is a dictionary
of the northern varieties of the language Yugambeh-Bundjalung,
or Bandjalangic, spoken from the Tweed River area of the
northeast corner of New South Wales to the Logan River area in
the Gold Coast area of southern Queensland. Other dialects of
this language exist down to the Clarence River, and west to Allora
and Warwick. All varieties of the language, including the Mibinyah
varieties, have dropped out of regular use in the area. However,
there are rich written records dating from the nineteenth century
into the first half of the twentieth century. There are also audio
recordings from some areas from the later twentieth century.
Speakers, partial speakers and ‘rememberers’ remain, and a few
words are commonly used by local English speakers.
This dictionary covers the area where the original word for an
Aboriginal person in the whole language (baygal) has been
replaced by mibiny. Gurgun Mibinyah (Language / Words of the
Mibiny) contains words found in these varieties of the language
with English translations, available examples sentences that
illustrate their use, and a section including plants and animals.
There is also a guide to the grammar, and an English word index.
This volume is ideal for descendants of the original speakers
as well as for any others interested in learning more about the
traditional language of this area.
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