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Title:Field Trip to Wilyi - 03
Yiwarrunj, yinyman, radbiyi lda mali: Iwaidja and Other Endangered Languages of the Cobourg Peninsula (Australia) in their Cultural Context
Contributor (consultant):David
Description:Visiting Khaki Marralas country: Khaki Marrala, a knowledgable Iwaidja man who lives on Croker Island, was talking for decades about going back to his country on the mainland (Wilyi), to set up an outstation and live there with his family. In July 2006 the researchers Bruce Birch, Nicholas Evans, Murray Garde and Kim Akerman organized a field trip with Khaki Marrala and two other informants to Wilyi. It is the first time since 25 years that Khaki Marrala is back on his homeland.
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.
David Minyimak was born at Araru near Cape Don in the 1930s. After spending time working as a cook at Murganella (Waak), where he was given the nickname ‘Cookie’, he moved to Minjilang on Croker Island. After the success of the Cobourg Land Claim in 1981, Minyimak and his brother and sister established an outstationat Gamurragi. He now divides his time between Minjilang and the mainland.
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
English language
Iwaidja language
Subject (ISO639):eng


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Citation: David (consultant); Archie (consultant); Murray; Bruce; Nick; Kim; Khaki (consultant). 2006-07-25. Nicholas Evans.
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