Innamincka Words: Yandruwandha dictionary and stories
Paperback | Apr 2015 | ANU Press | 9781921934216 | POD | RFB | AUD$43.00, NZD$54.99
Words: Yandruwandha dictionary and stories is one of a
pair of companion volumes on Yandruwandha, a dialect of the language formerly
spoken on the Cooper and Strzelecki Creeks and the country to the north of
the Cooper, in the northeast corner of South Australia and a neighbouring
strip of Queensland. The other volume is entitled Innamincka Talk: a grammar
of the Innamincka dialect of Yandruwandha with notes on other dialects.
Innamincka Words is for readers, especially descendants of the original
people of the area, who are interested in the language. It is also a
necessary resource for users of the more technical Innamincka Talk.|
These volumes document all that could be learnt from the last speakers of the language in the last years of their lives by a linguist who was involved with other languages at the same time. These were people who did not have a full knowledge of the culture of their forebears, but were highly competent, indeed brilliant, in the way they could teach what they knew to the linguist student.