Yolngu English Dictionary

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The words contained in the original manuscript are largely from the Gupapuyŋu (Gupapuyngu) dialect. Originally spoken by a number of clans in the region close to , Gupapuyŋu is one of several () dialects currently spoken in the communities of , , Gapuwiyak and Galiwin’ku.

There are however a small number of words from other dialects in Beulah Lowe’s dictionary(see baymatthun, maltja]a, wa`irr etc.); and where these occur the dialect is cited.

In all, a total of 4,120 words have been reproduced in .pdf format and these are alphabetically sorted according to the Yolŋu alphabet developed by Beulah Lowe. Consequently, there is a slight variation in the order of some words from the original hand-typed manuscript which was not entirely systematic.

If viewed in Adobe Reader 6.0+ the search function allows the reader to search for all occurrences of a particular word in either English or Yolŋu Matha (Gupapuyŋu).

A small number of words (approx 20) have been removed from the wordlist in consultation with the custodians of particular Yolŋu ceremonies. Such references to the particular law and ceremonies of these clans would cause offence if such words were to be made public.

Apart from these few changes, the meanings and spellings of words are essentially the same as in the original typed manuscript. In addition, some notes on the composition of entries and any abbreviations used have been included to assist in using the dictionary.

In lieu of the Conversational Course and Grammar Lessons that Beulah Lowe produced to be used alongside the dictionary, some brief notes on pronunciation and grammar have been included.

Lastly, it should be noted that the dictionary may contain the names of some recently deceased Yolŋu persons, and so care should be exercised when using any of the words from this dictionary, to avoid causing offence.

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