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Title:Interview with Robert Cunningham 02
Yiwarrunj, yinyman, radbiyi lda mali: Iwaidja and Other Endangered Languages of the Cobourg Peninsula (Australia) in their Cultural Context
Contributor (consultant):Robert
Description:The informant lists words in "Dibarrwak" Iwaidja, along with their equivalents in "standard" Iwaidja. He insisted that these words were not Wurruku, the now-extinct language associated with Akarlda country at the western end of Cobourg Peninsula. Rather he used the terms "wardad Iwaidja", i.e., one Iwaidja, and "one big English", referring to the fact that the dibarrwak words, and the Iwaidja equivalents, most of which are not cognate, are part of the same language. One possibility is that they are Wurruku words which were retained by Wurruku speakers when they spoke Iwaidja.
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.
Robert Cunningham was born at Cape Don in the 1930s. He is the senior member of the Akarlda clan, the traditional owners of the country which includes Cape Don. When from the 1950s, partly as a result of pressure applied by the Australian government, people moved off settlements on Cobourg Peninsula, Robert was one of the last people to leave Cobourg (c.1968), and one of the first to return in 1981. The intervening years were spent in Minjilang on Croker Island.
Publisher:Nicholas Evans
University of Melbourne
Dibarrwak Iwaidja, Word List
Iwaidja language
English language
Subject (ISO639):ibd


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Citation: Bruce; Robert (consultant). 2003-10-17. Nicholas Evans.
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