Last changed 15 January 2020

Michael Terry's 'Walmulla language'

Terry, Michael. Notebook 2. South Australian Museum archives.
(Probably from Terry Expedition 18 June – 29 November 1928)
Vocabulary keyboarded by David Nash, 29/12/1997, and comments added in square brackets. Modern Warlpiri spellings and meanings are added in columns 3 and 4.
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Walmulla Warlpiri meaning

Water Knabba NGAPA water
Wood Warloo WARLU fire, firewood
Head Jurru JURRU head, head hair
Fire Warloo WARLU fire, firewood
Flour no word
Tobacco Tanjun JANYUNGU tobacco
Beef little rat Knaie [?] [NGAYA cat (feral)]
Woman Karnda KARNTA woman
Boy Abarrad YAPARRANJI boy
Turkey Wadilga WARDILYKA bush turkey
Didfinide [?] not known [KURARRA Acacia tetragonophylla (dead finish)]
Axe Lagurru LAKURRU axe
White man Cardibah KARDIYA white person
Sun Moongah MUNGA dark, night
Tree Wadyah WATIYA tree, stick
Moon Curungi KIRRIRNJI half moon
Emu Yangirrilla YANKIRRI emu
Yes Yu YUU, YUWAYI yes
Spinifex Marna MARNA spinifex, grass
Creek Oobaiya WURLPAYI creek
Rockhole Wanirri WARNIRRI rockhole
Well Moolja MULJU soakage
Water dry Lowah LAWA nothing
Water plenty Dabyah JAPIYA important; spring

Jacky gave the above his tribal name Jabadah
Panunga his totem

[Four?] totem groups in Arunta tribe are

1 COOMARRA
2 PULTARRA
3 APANUNGA
4 PAROOLA

In Walmulla they are

1 Tchaccamarra JAKAMARRA (these are the male
2 Dabble jerri JAPALJARRI forms of four
3 Jappanunga JAPANANGKA of the eight
4 Chuburoola JUPURRURLA subsection terms)

[also inserted, and crossed out:]
Tchunghorri JUNGARRAYI
The above (and then its publication) was probably the earliest record of Warlpiri vocabulary.
Terry, Michael. 1930. Hidden wealth and hiding people. London & New York: Putnam. xv+350pp.
Appendix VI 'Aboriginal words collected' (page 342) -- three languages 'De Grey, Moola Bulla, Walmulla'.

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Originally compiled by David Nash at the Warlpiri Literature Production Centre, Inc., 10 July 1983
Created 1997
Last changed 15 January 2019

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