The Aboriginal History of Yarra

14. Language

A selection of words taken from John Green’s ‘Upper Yarra Vocabulary’, 1878[i].

 

barefoot yearrnjenong
bee manerlong
belong noogal
birds queep-queep
blood goorrk
body tooleroom
breath nga-angò
canoe koorong
child boopoop, boopup, booboop
dance ngarrg’eé
darling yadabiling
dinner tangerboon
dog earingin
eat tangarrbéá
evil nilimjak-kooring
father marmun
family booboop narrkwarren
food qeeap
grandmother maloong-goongò
ha ! ki !
happy barrbon-neen
heart dorrong
hill banool
kangaroo mirrm
lake bol-lok
look nang-nak
man kolin, koolin
mate jerrup
memory ngargerr-moon
moon meene-an
pregnant koonoong-warren
shame wol-anin
sleep ngi-gool
snake koormiel
strong ballerrt
sun ngumi
talk toom-nee
tree kalk, bajerrang
water, fresh paen
woman baggarrook, dajor
yes ngie
you warr

 

Facsimile text reproduced in machine readable format for the Aboriginal Languages of Victoria Resource Portal by the Monash University Linguistics team, as part of ARC Linkage Grant number LP0775283 (2007).

 


[i] Green, John. 1878. “Upper Yarra” vocabulary.   In Smyth, R. Brough. The Aborigines of Victoria and other Parts of Australia and Tasmania. Melbourne: Victorian Government Printer, republished in facsimile 1972. Melbourne: John Currey, O’Neil. Vol 2. p 98-114.

 

A selection of words taken from John Green’s ‘Upper Yarra Vocabulary’, 1878[i].

 

barefoot yearrnjenong
bee manerlong
belong noogal
birds queep-queep
blood goorrk
body tooleroom
breath nga-angò
canoe koorong
child boopoop, boopup, booboop
dance ngarrg’eé
darling yadabiling
dinner tangerboon
dog earingin
eat tangarrbéá
evil nilimjak-kooring
father marmun
family booboop narrkwarren
food qeeap
grandmother maloong-goongò
ha ! ki !
happy barrbon-neen
heart dorrong
hill banool
kangaroo mirrm
lake bol-lok
look nang-nak
man kolin, koolin
mate jerrup
memory ngargerr-moon
moon meene-an
pregnant koonoong-warren
shame wol-anin
sleep ngi-gool
snake koormiel
strong ballerrt
sun ngumi
talk toom-nee
tree kalk, bajerrang
water, fresh paen
woman baggarrook, dajor
yes ngie
you warr

 

Facsimile text reproduced in machine readable format for the Aboriginal Languages of Victoria Resource Portal by the Monash University Linguistics team, as part of ARC Linkage Grant number LP0775283 (2007).

 


[i] Green, John. 1878. “Upper Yarra” vocabulary.   In Smyth, R. Brough. The Aborigines of Victoria and other Parts of Australia and Tasmania. Melbourne: Victorian Government Printer, republished in facsimile 1972. Melbourne: John Currey, O’Neil. Vol 2. p 98-114.

 

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