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Title:Marrku Transcription Session 02
Yiwarrunj, yinyman, radbiyi lda mali: Iwaidja and Other Endangered Languages of the Cobourg Peninsula (Australia) in their Cultural Context
Contributor (consultant):Joy
Description:Marrku is the traditional, but no longer spoken, language of Croker Island. The only remaining record of Marrku consists of a few hours of spoken texts from the mid 1960's and 1990's. In this session the linguist Nick Evans plays Marrku texts recorded in 1966 by the linguist Bernhard Schebeck to the informant Joy Williams, who is one of the last two 'hearers' of the Marrku language. The person talking on the tape is Hazel Mamiyarr, her deceased mother. (Part 2 of 2)
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.
Joy Williams Malwagag was born at Jamarldinki (Cape Don) on the Cobourg Peninsula in 1946. She spent the early years of her life there before moving to Minjilang with her mother, Hazel Mamiyarr, in the mid 1950s. Joy grew up in a multilingual community in which her father’s language Iwaidja was dominant. Although Iwaidja became Joy’s first language, her mother consistently spoke to her in Marrku throughout her childhood and youth, and she has thus maintained a good passive knowledge of this language up to the present day. In addition, Joy hasa high level of competency in Mawng, Kunwinjku, and English. In 1969 she started working at the school at Minjilang, became qualified, and has worked there ever since. In the mid seventies she acted as an Iwaidja language consultant with Summer Institute of Linguistics linguists Noreen Pym and Bonnie Larrimore, and has produced books in Iwaidja for the school. More recently she has worked as a language consultant for the Iwaidja Documentation Project and the Minjilang Endangered Languages Publication Project.
Publisher:Nicholas Evans
University of Melbourne
Marrku Transcription
Iwaidja language
English language
Margu language
Subject (ISO639):ibd


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Citation: Nick; Joy (consultant). 2004-01-07. Nicholas Evans.
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