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Songs of Western Arnhem Land Australia

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Language [multiple languages]
Depositor Linda Barwick, Nicholas Evans, Murray Garde, Allan Marett, Isabel O’Keeffe
Affiliation University of Sydney
Location Australia
Deposit ID 0155
Grant ID MDP0139
Funding Body ELDP
Collection Status Collection online

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The Western Arnhem Land Song Project – Linda Barwick

 

Summary of the deposit

Documentation of more than 50 different songsets (discrete repertoires of songs, each consisting of a number of song items matching to song texts and discussions) compiled by the research team members, as sang by aboriginal people of Western and Southern Arnhem Land from various different linguistic and clan groups, mostly resident in the communities and outstations of Minjilang, Kunbarlanja, Bulman, Warruwi, Barunga, Wugularr and Weemol. Music of other Aboriginal people whose languages originate outside the project area were also recorded if the occasion arose.

 

Group represented

Aboriginal people of Western and Southern Arnhem Land from various different linguistic and clan groups, mostly resident in the communities and outstations of Minjilang, Kunbarlanja, Bulman, Warruwi, Barunga, Wugularr and Weemol. Music of other Aboriginal people whose languages originate outside the project area were also recorded if the occasion arose.

 

Language information

Languages represented in the collection include most of the Gunwingguan and Iwaidjan languages as well as languages from the neighbouring Daly, Rembargic and Yuulngu language families, English and Kriol, together with untranslatable ‘spirit languages’ used extensively in songs throughout the project area. Gunwingguan family: Bininj Gun-wok (Bininj Kunwok) (dialects Kunwinjku, Kuninjku, Kune, Kundedjnjenghmi and Mayali); Kun-barlang; Dalabon; Iwaidjan family: Amurdak; Garig-Ilgar; Iwaidja; Mawng (Maung); Wurrugu; Manangkardi; Marrgu. Yuulngu family: Dhangu; Djambarrpuyngu (Djambarbwingu, Jambapuing, Jambapuingo); Djinang; Galpu; Gumatj;Jawoyn; Daly family: Batjamalh (Wogait, Wagatj, Worgait, Wadjiginy); Emmi (Ami); Marri Tjevin (Marritjevin, Marri Tjabin, Maridjabin); Mendhe (Manda, Menhdhe); Murrinhpatha, (Murrinh-patha, Murriny Patha, Murinbata, Gariman); Rembargic family: Burarra (Burada); Ndjébbana; Rembarrnga. Tiwi.

ISO 639-3 Language Codes: amg, wdj, gnp, bvr, ngk, dhg, djr, dji, amy, eng, dhg, ilg, gnn, gnp, ibd, jpn, djn, rop, wlg, gnp, gnp, gnp, gnp, znk, mhg, mhg, zmj, mph, mph, gnp, zma, gnp, mwf, djj, pjt, rmb, mis, tiw, und, wbp, wur

 

Deposit history

Materials recorded and transcribed by the research team mainly 2006-2009, with additional documentation of previous recordings of the relevant songsets.

 

Acknowledgement and citation

To refer to any data from the collection, please cite as follows:

Barwick, Linda. 2017. Songs of Western Arnhem Land Australia. London: SOAS University of London, Endangered Languages Archive. Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/2196/00-0000-0000-000F-773E-B. Accessed on [insert date here].

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