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Title:Trip from Croker Island to the Adjacent Mainland - Mangurlhan Site Survey 02
Yiwarruj, yinyman, radbihi lda mali: Iwaidja and Other Endangered Languages of the Cobourg Peninsula (Australia) in their Cultural Context
Contributor (consultant):Reggie
Description:Trip from Croker Island to Mangulhan with Archie Brown, David Minyimak, Reggie Cooper, Tim Mamitba, Bruce Birch and Murray Garde. On the way to Marradi Wiyul (Max Davidson's Safari Camp), the Iwaidja language consultants name a few plants. Next day, Charlie Mangulda joins the recording session of the site survey team. They discuss sites to be visited, including 'Warrulany Jang', and plan the first helicopter trip.
This project documents, in as full a cultural context as is possible, the Iwaidja language of the Cobourg Peninsula, Northern Territory, Australia (Iwaidjan language family, non-Pama-Nyungan), still spoken by around 200 people but under increasing threat from English, as well as recording material from other languages of the region (Marrgu, Ilgar/ Garig, Amurdak and Manangkari) which are all reduced to one or two speakers each. In addition to linguists, the research team will include specialists in ethnomusicology, material culture / archaeology, and social anthropology, and will result in a comprehensive, searchable and browsable sound and video documentation, with Iwaidja transcriptions and subtitles alongside English translations, an Iwaidja dictionary of around 5,000 words, detailed phonetic analysis, and briefer materials on other languages of the area.
Reggie Cooper was born in the 1930s at Ingbarlmun at the eastern end of the Cobourg Peninsula, where his father worked cutting cypress pine at one of Reuben Cooper’s timber mills. He moved to Cape Don as a young man. After living for a time at Bagot Reserve in Darwin, he moved, with his wife and children, to Minjilang on Croker Island, where his uncles were clan owners. He remains based at Minjilang today.
Archie Brown was born at Minarri, one of Reuben Cooper’s timber mills at the eastern end of the Cobourg Peninsula in 1941. As a young man he spent time working in Darwin, before moving to Croker, where he worked at the mission as a butcher and mechanic. He remains based at Minjilang today.
Khaki Marrala is a senior Murran clan member whose father’s language was Iwaidja and whose mother’s language was Marrku. Khaki was born at Waningurarlarl in the Malay Bay area of; the Murran clan estate, situtated on the mainland not far from Croker Island, probably around 1930. As a child and adolescent he travelled extensively throughout the Cobourg Region and retains today a thorough knowledge of the area and its resources. At the time of the Second World War, when the mission on Croker was established, he was living at Inyjinaj on Croker Island, looking after and providing for a group of older Marrku speaking people. In the early days of the mission he worked on supply ships servicing the northern coast, and later settled more or less permanently at Minjilang where he worked, among other things, as a gardener. He remains at Minjilang today, where he is a key Iwaidja and Marrku language consultant for both the Iwaidja Documentation Project and Minjilang Endangered Languages Publishing Project.
Publisher:Nicholas Evans
University of Melbourne
Site Survey
Iwaidja language
English language
Subject (ISO639):ibd


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Citation: Reggie (consultant); Tim (consultant); Archie (consultant); Murray; Charlie (consultant); Khaki (consultant); Bruce. 2003-08-07. Nicholas Evans.
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