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Title: A Salvage Grammar and Wordlist of the Language from the Hunter River and Lake Macquarie
Written By: Amanda Lissarrague

This grammar and wordlist is a valuable language revitalization tool for
Aboriginal people of the Hunter River and Lake Macquarie Region of New
South Wales. It will appeal to anyone who is interested in the Aboriginal
Languages of Australia. It is primarily based on the work of the Reverend
Lancelot Threlkeld, who, in the first half of the nineteenth century, wrote
a comprehensive account of the language taught to him by Biraban. The
evidence from archival sources suggests that the language described by
Threlkeld as 'The language of the Hunter River and Lake Macquarie' was
spoken by people now known as Awabakal, Kuringgai, Wonnarua, and perhaps
Geawegal. Amanda Lissarrague presents a clear and succinct interpretation
of the phonology and grammar of the language in terms that are accessible
to both the layman and the specialist. This work also contains a vocabulary
written in a practical spelling system, and a database of example
sentences. Muurrbay is a nonprofit Aboriginal organization that supports
the coastal languages of northern and central N.S.W. through its auspicing
of the Many Rivers Aboriginal Language Centre. The grammar is © Wonnarua
Nation Aboriginal Corporation. Please email enquiries to

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Muurrbay Aboriginal Language and Culture Co-operative Ltd.
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
Subject Language(s): Awabakal
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 097753510X
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 276
Prices: AUS $ 40.00