Bii/biri

Below a Facebook post [tinyurl/com/facebookgy], one of a series of weekly posts. Most are not put on this web site.

Yaama maliyaa,
hello friends Here is the next body part – we are working through words from ‘Bina mil’ action song, which you can see/download here (backing track and videos in Gamilaraay and Yuwaalaraay): http://winanga-li.org.au/index.php/yaama-gamilaraay/gamilaraay-language-challenge/
The words for ‘chest’ are slightly different in Yuwaalaraay and Gamilaraay, so:
We have Yas from Lightning Ridge with bii in Yuwaalaraay – https://youtu.be/aG4WbWAnB_Y
Sadie and Cailin from Gunnedah with biri in Gamilaraay – https://youtu.be/Q8Gu9hPS2gE
As always, you are welcome to post and share these links or resources. If anyone else would like their staff or children to be in any of our videos, please let me know.

Yaluu!
Hilary


Some words that include
bii/biribiiwan orphan YY
puff out chest (verb-transitive) biiwanma-li YY
biiwanbiiwan; black-faced woodswallow (noun) and boastful, bragging, puffed out;

cormorant (little pied) (noun), birribangga YR, YY, GR, is related – somewhere along the line the ‘r’ sound changed.

‘Chest’ in Wangaaybuwan is birri, so perhaps the word birribangga [chest-white] came from Wangaaybuwan, or a time when the GR word was birri, not biri. Or maybe our analysis of GR needs to be reviewed.
Most of the GR information is written, and does not distinguish r and rr, so we don’t know what the actual traditional sound was. We have assumed that it was r in many cases, perhaps when the word in YR has nothing or y;
mara/maa hand;
muru/muyu ‘nose’
Maayu yanaaya YR maaru yananga GR ‘go well’ or maybe someone one day will work out that the traditional GR was maarru yananga. And birri. And probably we will never know.
John

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s