|GANDANGUURRA: THE LANGUAGE OF THE MOUNTAIN PEOPLE & BEYOND
|Pub Date:||21/ 4/ 2016|
|Stock Status: 4 Available|
The land of the Gundungurra People stretches across the Blue Mountains area between Bell's Line of Road in the north and Goulburn in the south, and from the Nepean River in the east to the catchment of the Abercrombie River in the west.
The heart of this land is the Burragorang Valley which is now flooded by the waters of the Warragamba dam.
The living language of the Gundungurra People was lost as the People were largely dispersed to nearby areas. Apart from words that morphed into many local place names used today, there are few people who know how it was spoken.
Jim Barrett's interest in the language sparked from his love of the Burragorang Valley and its People. The sadness expressed by some that they knew only one word of their traditional language motivated Jim to research what had been preserved, and this led to 15 years of work in putting together "Gandanguurra the Language of the Mountain People and beyond". This is a work of passion in honouring the traditional owners of the land Jim loves. It is also a technical linguistic reconstruction of the language.
About 1000 to 1200 Gandanguurra words have survived. Additional grammar was gleaned by Jim via a study of Gandanguurra words, phrases and sentences as well as those of other languages.
The spelling in the title is based on the phonetics of how the language was traditionally spoken, as outlined in the book.