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Darkinyung Grammar and Dictionary

Revitalising a Language from Historical Sources

Caroline Jones



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Muurrbay Language & Culture Cooperative Ltd
30 November 2008
‘This resource will be used as a tool to help us teach our people, children and future generations the importance of language and that it is key to discover our culture, identity and heritage‘.
Bronwyn Chambers, Chairperson, Darkinyung Language Group

Darkinyung is an Aboriginal language of New South Wales which is now again being taught and learned. Caroline Jones (Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Education, University of Wollongong) has worked alongside the Darkinyung Language Group to develop a concise and authentic record of what is known of Darkinyung language today, based on research into historical sources mainly from the nineteenth century. This first modern documentation of Darkinyung language includes:

  • an explanation of the speech sounds and a suggested writing system
  • how the grammar works, in accessible terms with examples
  • a database of source words, including R. H. Mathews’ notebook material
  • several dictionary list formats suited for different learners’ needs.

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By:   Caroline Jones
Imprint:   Muurrbay Language & Culture Cooperative Ltd
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 245mm, 
ISBN:   9780977535194
ISBN 10:   0977535193
Pages:   182
Publication Date:   30 November 2008
Audience:   College/higher education ,  General/trade ,  Primary ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for Darkinyung Grammar and Dictionary: Revitalising a Language from Historical Sources

The author's second contemporary Gothic (The Thin Woman, 1984), overwrought and overlong, finds willful, gorgeous Tessa Fields, now 21, determined to find her true mother. Left in a basket on the doorstep of kindly Reverend and Mrs. Fields, her adoptive mother by now long-dead, Tessa's quest has honed in on the tiny village of Flaxby Meade and the ancestral home of the Tramwell sisters - Hyacinth and Primrose. Welcomed as a temporary houseguest, with some double-edged help from on-again, off-again boyfriend Harry Harkness, Tessa finds an odd assemblage - the gentle sisters, who are selling off treasures to keep Cloisters going, mostly to oily antique-dealer Clyde Beasley; an ex-burglar butler named Butler; Chantal, a gypsy housemaid with recent ties to Harry; village nurse and midwife Maude Krumpet and her adopted, quick-witted young Bertie. There are also the neighboring Grundys, mother and son, at whose house Tessa again meets art-expert Angus Hunt, her ex-employer. Eventually, it's Hunt who's found stabbed to death, and Godfrey Grundy is a second victim. But by now some readers will scarcely care. A lighthearted romp has become a bore; once-charming Tessa is a tiresome teen-ager at any age, and all the guests have stayed too long at the party. (Kirkus Reviews)

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