Karri-borlbme Kun-wok

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alwanjdjuk

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English Translation
(Kun-balandaken)
emu
Pronunciation
(Bale ka-yime karri-ngeybun?)

Listen to the audio. Pay attention to the 'nj' (IPA= ɲ) sound at the end of the second syllable.

Morphology
(Karri-wokdjobdjobke)

The al- part in the first syllable is otherwise a feminine class noun prefix in Kundjeyhmi (= ngal- in Kunwinjku and some other Bininj Kunwok dialects). This is because in the creation story, emu is a woman, of the al-kangila subsection (her skin name). Also for many bird names, the default noun class is feminine.

Notes
(Njalenjale)

This name for emu is in the Kundjeyhmi dialect of Bininj Kunwok spoken in Kakadu National Park. There are two other names for emus in Bininj Kunwok:
Kunwinjku= kurdukadji
Kuninjku, Kune, Kundedjnjenghmi= ngurrurdu

Usage
(Bale kabirri-yime?)

Alwanjdjuk korroko al-kohbanj ba-rri ba-yimi.
Long ago the emu was an old woman.

Date
(Balekeno)
17 Apr 2017