The Dhurga Dictionary and Learners Grammar: A South-East Coast NSW Aboriginal Language is an overdue and extremely valuable resource for the Dhurga speaking people of Yuin Country and of any person wanting to learn the traditional language.
The Dhurga language is spoken from south of Nowra to Narooma and west to Braidwood and Araluen. This publication is the most concise compilation of the Dhurga language to date with over 730 words including informant and recorder details as validation of authenticity. The dictionary is user-friendly for all literacy levels and readers, it is the very first of its kind and in high demand.
- 240mm x 170mm x 20mm
- Released June 2020
- ISBN 9781925302608
About The Author
Siblings Patricia Ellis, Kerry Boyenga and Waine Donovan are all teachers with over 80 years’ experience collectively in the education system. All three have been teaching the Dhurga language since early 2000.
They are extremely passionate and proud of their Aboriginal culture and language and have worked tirelessly in their efforts to see the publication of The Dhurga Dictionary and Learners Grammar: A South-East Coast NSW Aboriginal Language. This is their gift to their language community.
About The Cover
Cover art: Waine Donovan
I stumbled across this book not knowing it existed. As someone who often enjoys being in and around the NSW South Coast this book opened my eyes to new ways of seeing places I thought I knew. Its primary strength is as a language guide, how to correctly pronounce words and construct sentences. But it also includes an excellent dictionary and taught me things I never knew (for example that 'Moruya' is said to mean 'where the water is crossable by foot' - it just speaks so strongly of place and what it was before I knew it). I just know this will be a book I keep going back to and using for a long time to come.
As a person who only found out his heritage in the last 10 years, finding resources that speak to it are rare. This is a great book as it not only builds language but goes to explaining how to implement it.
This is a book I have wanted to see for a while. It is an excellent introduction to the Dhurga language.
This is a fantastic resource.
We are so happy with the service, the customer support and overall very very satisfied with the product itself.
This book is such a valuable resource to all and will hopefully support the revitalisation of a language.
The quality and design of the book is also very well thought out and designed making it super easy to read and understand.