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The Gundungurra Language

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Author: R.H. Mathews
Published: 1901
Language: English
Wordcount: 3,251 / 17 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 54.1
LoC Category: P
Downloads: 915
Added to site: 2007.06.20
mnybks.net#: 17371
Genre: Language
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The Dhar'rook and Gun'dungur'ra tribes respectively occupied the from the mouth of the Hawkesbury river to Mount Victoria, and thence southerly to Berrima and Goulburn, New South Wales. On the south and southeast they were joined by the Thurrawal, whose language has the same structure, although differing in vocabulary.

Besides the verbs and pronouns, many of the nouns, adjectives, prepositions and adverbs are subject to inflection for number and person. Similar inflections have, to some extent, been observed in certain islands of the Pacific Ocean, but have not hitherto been reported in Australia. I have also discovered two forms of the dual and plural of the first personal pronoun, a specialty which has likewise been found in Polynesian and North American dialects. Traces of a double dual were noticed by Mr. Threlkeld at Lake Macquarie, New South Wales, and traces of a double plural by Mr. Tuckfield in the Geelong tribe; but the prevalence of both forms of the dual and plural in different parts of speech in any Australian language has, up to the present, escaped observation.

Orthography.

Ninteen letters of the English alphabet are sounded, comprising fourteen consonants--b, d, g, h, j, k, l, m, n, p, r, t, w, y--and five vowels--a, e, i, o, u. Every word is spelled phoneticall

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