OLAC Record

Title:Jurtbirrk love songs at Australia Day beach barbecue, Minjilang
Yiwarrunj, yinyman, radbiyi lda mali: Iwaidja and Other Endangered Languages of the Cobourg Peninsula (Australia) in their Cultural Context
Contributor (recorder):Bruce Birch
Contributor (singer):Cookie
Description:Eight Jurtbirrk love song items recorded on DV by Bruce Birch at the Australia Day beach barbecue, Minjilang
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.
This singing session was recorded on DV by Bruce Birch. A total of 8 Jurtbirrk song items were recorded. There was much noise from children dancing and playing. On the evening of the same day a second jurtbirrk singing session was recorded with different performers (see IW20040126JU02).
The song texts are in Iwaidja language. The commentary between songs is in Iwaidja and English.
Cookie is a native speaker of Iwaidja, although his father language is Amurdak. His country is on Cobourg and he has an outstation at Black Point. From his description that he was a little boy during the second world war we can assume he was born in the thirties and is now (2003) probably in his late sixties, or around seventy. The name "Cookie" originated from his time as a cook (several years) at Waak. He has no children. It seems he had leprosy as a child. His hands and feet are
Recorded at during the daytime by Bruce Birch at Minjilang Beach. No mpeg file created, just extracted WAV file for creation of individual song files.
Publisher:Nicholas Evans
University of Melbourne
English language
Iwaidja language
Subject (ISO639):eng


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Citation: Cookie (singer); Reggie; Reuben (singer); Jimmy; Ronnie; Bruce Birch (recorder). 2004-01-26. Nicholas Evans.
Terms: area_Europe area_Pacific country_AU country_GB iso639_eng iso639_ibd

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Country: AustraliaUnited Kingdom
Area: EuropePacific

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