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In the News (Sun 20 Jan 19)

Relations with the Aborigines were generally poor and after an initial intake of words from their languages (such as boomerang, dingo, kangaroo, koala, kookaburra, wombat) were not conducive to extensive borrowing.
A number of mining terms originated in Australia, but many are shared with other varieties of English, and the importance of the discovery of gold, and of the rushes that followed, lies in the mobility it encouraged and the effect of this on the homogeneity of the accent.
In negligence action filed in English court over accident in which Plaintiff passenger was left quadriplegic when Respondent driver lost control of car on Australian track, House of Lords applies English law on quantum of damages as procedural matter rather than Australian law which sets cap on non-economic damages and higher discount rate.
www.encyclopedia.com /doc/1O29-AUSTRALIANENGLISH.html   (2394 words)

 Indigenous Australians - Wikivisual
Fire-stick farming, identified by Australian archeologist Rhys Jones in 1969, is the practice of using fire to regularly burn vegetation to facilitate hunting and to change the composition of plant and animal species in an area.
Walkabout refers to the belief of non-Indigenous Australians that Aborigines were prone to "go walkabout" (a pidgin or perhaps quasi-pidgin expression) meaning that they would stop doing their jobs and wander through the bush for weeks at a time.
As at June 2001, the Australian Bureau of Statistics estimated the total resident indigenous population to be 458,520 (2.4% of Australia's total), 90% of whom identified as Aboriginal, 6% Torres Strait Islander and the remaining 4% being of dual Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parentage.
en.wikivisual.com /index.php/Australian_Aborigine   (7988 words)

Drawing on written and oral sources, he compiled lists of words from all walks of life, many subsequently shown not to be exclusively Australian.
Australian Aboriginal song language: so many questions, so little to work with.
Australian Aboriginal Studies; 9/22/2007; Walsh, Michael; 9948 words ;...
www.encyclopedia.com /doc/1O29-AUSTRALIANLANGUAGEThe.html   (813 words)

 Australian Aboriginals - Crystalinks
Aboriginal Australians were social beings who lived in a number of social groups sometimes called bands, clans, sub-tribes and tribes, but essentially in a family or kinship group who were 1) of the same blood-line and 2) were related to other people through totems.
Aboriginal languages may be much older than people think, argues a linguistic anthropologist who says they originated as far back as the end of the last ice age around 13,000 years ago.
Aboriginals, the keepers of this land which we know call Australia, were living in Australia thousands of years before the first white settlers, so it is natural to assume that this race of people would have recorded a history as diverse as any other.
www.crystalinks.com /aboriginals.html   (9709 words)

 Dr. Ammerlaan: Australian English: white and ATSI
Words and grammar are also taught, though 'taught' is a big word: for instance, 'marlu' is a word for 'kangaroo' in Warlpiri, so when one animal hops along and you are told the corresponding word 'marlu', you are supposed to have acquired that word from that moment onwards.
English was the language of the colonizing settlers and its use was frequently insisted upon.
Northern Territory pidgin English is not English; perverted and mangled by the natives; it is English perverted and mangled by ignorant whites, who have in turn taught this ridiculous gibberish to the natives and who then affect to be amused by the childish babbling of these "savages".
www.ammerlaan.demon.nl /TALK.HTM   (7085 words)

  Qwika - similar:Zoe
This is a list of English words of Hebrew (and related Semitic) origin.
(Origin unknown) These are lists of words in the English language which are known as "loanwords" or "borrowings," which are derived from other languages: List of English words of Australian Aboriginal origin List of English words o...
Many such words have entered Australian English, and are considered native words.
www.qwika.com /rels/Zoe   (462 words)

 Reference.com/Encyclopedia/Australian English vocabulary
In Australian English, dried fruits are given different names according to their variety, and generally raisins (grapes) are largest, sultanas (grapes) are intermediate, while currants are smallest.
Australian rules is often known in these areas as "AFL" (a name which, strictly speaking, refers to the main governing body, the Australian Football League).
A common feature of traditional Australian English was rhyming slang, based on Cockney rhyming slang and imported by migrants from London in the 19th century.
www.reference.com /browse/wiki/Australian_words   (2294 words)

 JLSSCNC—Regarding wombat—Tim Pulju
The original meaning of both was ‘any smallish rodentlike critter’.
In English, for whatever reason, the flying bat eventually came to be seen as the prototypical form of bat; in German, on the other hand, the ground mouse came to be seen as the prototype.
English obviously borrowed the word maus from German sometime after it had come to mean simply ‘mouse’, and also after the Great Vowel Shift had occurred.
www.specgram.com /JLSSCNC.I.3/07.pulju.wombat.html   (310 words)

 Language, Race and Ethnicity : UTS Equity and Diversity
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are most often described in racial group terms, for example as 'fls' or 'Aborigines', and almost never as individuals with personal names.
An Aboriginal person is a person of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, who identifies as such, and is recognised as such by the community in which they live.
When quoting from sources that use racist language, use [sic] after the racist word or phrase, thus calling attention to the fact that this form of words is used in the original.
www.equity.uts.edu.au /policy/language/racist.html   (1898 words)

 Loan-Words and Where They Come From   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Below is a list of different languages and some English words that derive from roots in those languages.
While in some cases a conclusion may be valid (e.g., Finnish has one word listed and the impact Finnish has had on English is indeed minimal), in others it may not be (e.g., Arabic has about as many words listed as Latin, but the impact of Latin on English is incomparably larger).
Words marked with a question mark (?) are of uncertain origin, but probably come from that language.
www.wordorigins.org /Topics/loanwords.html   (146 words)

 Boomerang Association of Australia — Articles — What is a Boomerang?
There are several myths and misconceptions about the origin of the word boomerang that need dispelling before we investigate its use in the English language and in the modem world.
Third, Aboriginal peoples had no writing so could not record their words before the arrival of Europeans, who soon discovered that the returning boomerang was called a ‘birgan’ by Aborigines around Moreton Bay, and a ‘barragadan’ by those in north-western New South Wales.
The Turuwal people were a sub-group (the word ‘tribe’ is inappropriate in speaking of Aboriginal peoples) of the Dharug language group which extended from the shores of Sydney (between Port Jackson and Port Hacking) in the east, to nearly Katoomba in the Blue Mountains to the west.
www.boomerang.org.au /articles/article-what-is-a-boomerang.html   (1409 words)

 Collectors of Words - Curr biography
He had collected information from a few stock owners on local Aboriginal groups and his interest in finding out more about the cultures and languages of Indigenous Australians led him to send out questionnaires to ‘Gentlemen scattered through the Australian Colonies and Tasmania’ as well as to the editors of several newspapers.
The questionnaires included a list of questions about local Indigenous culture and a word list in English, for which Curr asked for the local Indigenous equivalents.
For Example, word list no. 155 from the Barcoo River and forwarded to Curr by Mr Hyde was written by a local Torraburri man who was a trooper in the Native Mounted Police.
www1.aiatsis.gov.au /exhibitions/languages/curr_bio.html   (508 words)

 The fabrication of Aboriginal history by Keith Windschuttle
The penalty for the unlawful killing of an Aborigine was death, the same as for killing a white man. This was enshrined in one celebrated incident, the Myall Creek Massacre of 1838, where a group of convict and ex-convict stockmen killed twenty-eight Aboriginal men, women, and children encamped on a pastoral station.
Third, the idea that Aborigines were patriots engaged in a brave but futile defense of their territory against the firepower of British imperialism is a piece of ideology derived from the anti-colonialist movement of the 1950s and 1960s.
As for the Aborigines being driven into conflict by starvation after native game was eliminated, many frontier pastoralists reported that, after they had removed the timber to expand their pastures, in most places they suffered “a plague” of kangaroos, whose populations exploded to take advantage of the greatly increased supply of grass.
www.newcriterion.com /archive/20/sept01/keith.htm   (5155 words)

 Lists of English words of international origin at AllExperts
These are lists of words in the English language which are known as "loanwords" or "borrowings," which are derived from other languages:
**List of English words of Scottish Gaelic origin
*List of English words of Old Norse origin (often coming from Vikings from Denmark or Norway, but at the time there was little distinction between the Old Norse dialects spoken in the three Scandinavian countries.)
en.allexperts.com /e/l/li/lists_of_english_words_of_international_origin.htm   (255 words)

 Australian Natural History and Human Ecology Page, Just For fans of Arthur Upfield's "Bony" Mysteries
The word mari is the word for Aboriginal man in a number of languages of eastern Queensland and the term ‘murry’; is often used by Queesland Aborigines (in speaking English) to refer to themselves.
The word is found in languages of western Queensland, but it is difficult to establish in which languages it is the eatablished word as opposed to an importation spread by Europeans.
The word wama in the sense of carpet snake or snake in general is found in a large number of languages of South Australia and the Channel Country of Queensland.
nicholnl.wcp.muohio.edu /DingosBreakfastClub/Australia/UpfieldMysteries.html   (12206 words)

 Pidjin & Creole Spelling
In the past, when no English pidgin had a recognised orthographies of its own, on occasions when they appeared in print they were given 'etymological spelling', that is, based on the conventional English spelling of the original English words.
English is also a more economical and precise language - for example, a bilingual public notice in a newspaper took 48 words in English to say what took 83 words in Tok Pisin.
And English did absorb an immense amount of French and Latin vocabulary, but most of this occurred well after the Conquest-- past 1450, two centuries after the nobility ceased to be French-speaking.
victorian.fortunecity.com /vangogh/555/Spell/pidjin.htm   (2701 words)

 Australia travel guide - Wikitravel
Australian flora and fauna is essentially unique to the island continent, the result of having been isolated from the rest of the world for millions of years.
The dollar (called "the Australian dollar" and written AU$ or AUD when it is necessary to distinguish it from the currencies of other countries which call their currency the dollar too) is worth between 70 and 80 US cents.
Australian police are approachable and trustworthy, and you should report assaults, theft or other crime to the police as soon as possible.
wikitravel.org /en/Australia   (11880 words)

 MURRAY AND MORRIS   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Elsewhere Dymphna has suggested that the Australian word brumby 'a wild horse' is also from Irish, from an Irish word that still exists in Irish English as bromach 'a colt', and that in Irish inflected forms also appears as bromaigh.
This origin was popularised by Banjo Paterson inan introduction to his poem 'Brumby's Run' (printed in the Bulletin in 1894 and in Saltbush Bill, J.P., and Other Verses in 1917): 'Brumby is the Aboriginal word for a wild horse.
No other words were borrowed into Australian English from Pitjara, and although this does not prove that boramby is not the origin of brumby, I think it likely that what we have is a chance similarity between brumby and an Aboriginal word meaning 'wild', a word that appears in only one word list.
www.anu.edu.au /andc/ozwords/October_2003/brumby.html   (1065 words)

 Amazon.com: Lonely Planet Australian Phrasebook: Susan Butler: Books
Lonely Planet's "Australian Phrasebook" is a great introduction to the Australian way of life and speaking for foreigners.
The strong feature of "Australian Phrasebook" is a great number of examples, comprehensive lists of words and expressions, extensive coverage of spoken language.
Its section on Australian Aboriginal culture and languages is also excellent and informative for non-Aboriginal Australians as well as visitors - it was put together by a group of respected Australian linguists.
www.amazon.com /Lonely-Planet-Australian-Phrasebook-Butler/dp/0864425767   (989 words)

 LINGUIST List 15.679: Sociolinguistics: Melchert & Shaw (2003)
Among the domains where English is making inroads the authors mention global politics and economy, tourism, the education system, the mass media and popular culture, advertising and subcultures.
The authors then briefly consider the influence of English on the local languages and the choices involved in choosing a variety of English for education.
While her research interests focus on English phraseology, computational lexicography and computer-assisted language learning, she teaches a wide range of courses in English linguistics, including courses on sociolinguistics, the history of English, and varieties of English around the world.
www.linguistlist.org /issues/15/15-679.html   (1903 words)

 4.7 POST-CONTACT LANGUAGES OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA   (Site not responding. Last check: )
A creole is a language with its own grammar, meaning and sound system, combining elements of English and Aboriginal languages, and it is a language that is being used everyday in the north of Western Australia.
Eagleson, Kaldor and Malcolm (1982) discuss the educational implications of the use of Aboriginal English and Kriol.
English is not the only immigrant language to have mixed with Aboriginal languages of Western Australia.
coombs.anu.edu.au /WWWVLPages/AborigPages/LANG/WA/4_7.htm   (485 words)

 Web exclusive: 'Myths of British ancestry revisited' by Stephen Oppenheimer | Prospect Magazine June 2007 issue 135
The fact that so little remains of Celtic influence in England in terms of place names—outside Cornwall and Cumbria—and in the language points to a long process of cultural conquest by the 4th and 3rd centuries BC Belgic invaders, who were Germanic, as implied by Julius Caesar's history of his British adventures.
The cultural and linguistic origins of the English are thus pre-Roman.
Did it suffer few modifications from its origins because of geographical remoteness, or is it very different from the rest of the British Isles because of the impact of invasions (such as the Vikings) on a small population?
www.prospect-magazine.co.uk /article_details.php?&id=9639   (1795 words)

 Amazon.com: Australian Aboriginal Words in English: Their Origin and Meaning: R. M. W. Dixon, Bruce Moore, Mandy ...
Australian Aboriginal Words in English records the Aboriginal contribution to Australian English and provides the fullest available information about their Aboriginal background and their Australian English history.
R.M.W. Dixon is a Director at the Australian Research Council.
Mandy Thomas is Executive Director for Humanities and Creative Arts at the Australian Research Council.
www.amazon.com /Australian-Aboriginal-Words-English-Meaning/dp/0195540735   (589 words)

 Australian Aboriginal Words in English: Their Origin and Meaning   (Site not responding. Last check: )
English language; Australia; Foreign words and phrases; Aboriginal Australians.
aboriginal languages, including profiles of the languages that have been most significant as sources for borrowing.
The words are then grouped according to subject--birds, fish, edible flora, dwellings, etc.--with each work listed in a dictionary-style entry.
www.isbn.nu /0195530993/price   (376 words)

The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies is a government funded body that funds and promotes research and study on Aboriginal issues.
Wurm's classification is based on lexicostatistics, the comparison of a list of words in neighbouring languages to establish the relationship between the languages.
Aboriginal people may belong to a number of language groups, perhaps having been born into one, been raised in another, and having married into still another.
coombs.anu.edu.au /WWWVLPages/AborigPages/LANG/WA/section3.htm   (1926 words)

 Australian slang dictionary
It wasn't easy but we've tried to include uniquely Australian slang here and to exclude British and American slang even though these are commonly used in Australia.
We see no point in informing the world that "fridge" is Australian slang for a "refrigerator".
A milder insult than the same word in the UK and perhaps elsewhere.
www.koalanet.com.au /australian-slang.html   (2967 words)

 LINGUIST List 3.859: Probabilistic Reasoning in Linguistics
Back in 1985 I was working on the origin of subsections (a type of social category) in Australia using linguistic evidence and had an article published in Aboriginal History criticising a book by von Brandenstein on the same question published by U. Chicago Press.
If we can attribute common origin to two languages by just one pair of comparison, we can certainly say English and Chinese are of common origin, for in Chinese the bird "swallow" is [yan] (fourth tone) and the verb "to swallow" is also [yan] (fourth tone).
This utter nonsense, Greenberg and Ruhlen estimate the probability of similar words with with a similar meaning occurring in SIX languages (not two), chosen from a longer list of similar words with a slightly wider range of meanings.
www.linguistlist.org /issues/3/3-859.html   (442 words)

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