The Sydney Language was written to revive interest in the Aboriginal language of the Sydney district. It makes readily available the small amount of surviving information from historical records.
Author, Professor Jakelin Troy refers to the language as the ‘Sydney Language' because there was no name given for the language in these historical records until late in the nineteenth century when it was referred to as Dharug.
The language is now called by its many clan names, including Gadigal in the Sydney city area and Dharug in Western Sydney. The word for Aboriginal person in this language is ‘yura', this word has been used to help identify the language, with the most common spellings being Iyora and Eora.
The Sydney Language is ideal for anyone interested in learning more about the language and culture of the Aboriginal owners of what is now called Sydney.
- 240mm x 170mm x 9mm
- Released June 2019
- ISBN 9781925302868
About The Author
Jakelin Troy is a Ngarigu woman and Director of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research at The University of Sydney.
Professor Troy's research and academic interests focus on languages, particularly endangered Aboriginal and 'contact languages', language education, linguistics, anthropology and visual arts.
About The Cover
Cover image: 'Waratah' by John Hunter (1737-1821)
Jakelin Troy takes a thorough, detailed, and disciplined approach - reconstructing the virtually lost language of the first yura in Australia to be impacted by white colonisation.
Working only from verifiable primary sources (and many of them) she also fills the book with cultural explanations, and illustrations from settlers' journals that all help to bring the vibrant Sydney Harbour indigenous community to life.
At only 120 pages, with a full 50 of those being an English to Sydney Language word list, this book is an easy to digest, impressive, and vital addition to the culture of the Sydney region.
This book is incredible - and SO important for everyone in the Sydney area to read!