LINGUIST List 9.349

Tue Mar 10 1998

Books: Dictionaries of Kwoma and Yugambeh

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  1. mira kwasik, New publications from Pacific Linguistics, RSPAS, ANU

Message 1: New publications from Pacific Linguistics, RSPAS, ANU

Date: Fri, 6 Mar 1998 13:38:33 +1100
From: mira kwasik <>
Subject: New publications from Pacific Linguistics, RSPAS, ANU

(For ordering details see the end of the file.)


BOWDEN, R. A Dictionary of Kwoma: A Papuan Language of North-East New Guinea
1997, xxxi+337pp. ISBN 0 85883 441. Softcover.
Pacific Linguistics catalogue number, C-134. Key words: Papua New Guinea;
Sepik; Kwoma; dictionary; ethnography; history.

This dictionary presents vocabulary and longer texts drawn from diverse
areas of Kwoma social life such gardening, housebuilding, kinship
terminologies, social organisation, warfare marriage practices, art
mythology and ritual. Kwoma words and texts are translated into Tok Pisin
as well as English. The book contains a substantial body of original
ethnographic data collected during twenty years of field research in the
Sepik and it is also intended as a contribution to the ethnography and
history of the Kwoma and several neighbouring groups in the Ambunti area of
East Sepik Province of Papua New Guinea.


SHARPE, Margaret, Dictionary of Yugambeh (including neighbouring dialects)
1998, ISBN 0 85883 480 4, xix+223pp. Softcover.
Pacific Linguistics catalogue number, C-139. Key words: Aboriginal
languages; Yugambeh, dictionary; grammar.

This book brings together all published or recorded information known to
the compiler on the language of the Gold Coast, Queensland and its
hinterlands, and neighbouring dialects extending to Minyangbal (Minjungbal)
in the Brushwick River area, New South Wales, and the dialects spoken
around Warwick, Queensland. Dialects of the same language were spoken in
New South Wales, e.g. Gidhabal and Bundjalung. While Yugambeh appears to
have gone out of widespread use possibly sixty years ago, there are many
valuable word lists and grammars dating back to the nineteenth century and
the first half of the twentieth century. All entries in the dictionary are
in modern phonemic transcription (with pronunciation guides), with all
sources and source spellings included under each entry. The dictionary
includes grammatical notes and an English finder list.

Pacific Linguistics publications can be obtained in any one of four easy
and convenient ways:


The Australian National University Pacific Linguistics
Department of Linguistics RSPAS
3rd Floor, Room 1208 The Australian National University
Coombs Bld., Fellows Road Canberra ACT 0200
Acton, Canberra AUSTRALIA

+61 (0)2 6249 2742 or Fax +61 (0)2 6249 4896
Voice Mail - message

Mira Kwasik
Manager, Publications Centre
Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies
The Australian National University
Canberra 0200 Australia

Ph: +61 (0)2 6249 2742 or 3269
Fax: +61(0)2 6249 4896

The Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, ANU - Online catalogue
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