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Kurtjar placenames

Black, Paul (2009). Kurtjar placenames. In Koch, Harold and Hercus, Luise(Ed.), Aboriginal placenames : naming and re-naming the Australian landscape. Canberra: ANU E Press and Aboriginal History Inc.. (pp. 481-496).

Document type: Book Chapter

IRMA ID 25500554xPUB11
Author Black, Paul
Title of Chapter Kurtjar placenames
Title of Book Aboriginal placenames : naming and re-naming the Australian landscape
Place of Publication Canberra
Publisher ANU E Press and Aboriginal History Inc.
Publication Year 2009
Series Aboriginal History Monographs 19
Editor Koch, Harold
Hercus, Luise
ISBN 9781921666087   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Chapter Number 19
Start Page 481
End Page 496
Total Pages 15
Total Chapters 1
Language English
Field of Research 380205 Language in Culture and Society (Sociolinguistics)
2004 - Linguistics
HERDC Category B - Book Chapter (DEST)
Abstract This is a study of placenames recorded during research on the Kurtjar language of southwestern Cape York Peninsula in the late 1970s. After introducing the language and its speakers’ knowledge of placenames, the paper discusses those names for which etymologies can be proposed, including ones which are homophonous to common nouns as well as those formed by compounding and/or affixation. Especially numerous are ones involving the many allomorphs of the locative suffix, including one found only fossilised in placenames. Descriptive clauses used to designate a few sites are also discussed, whether or not they represent proper names. The nature of the names is quite similar to that in nearby languages, as will be illustrated by the occasional citation of names from Koko-Bera, to the north, although the unusual phonological development of Kurtjar poses special problems for the analysis of some names.
Keyword Kurtjar
Australian Indigenous languages
Cape York Peninsula
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