Bininj Kunwok pilot 2016

Bininj Kunwok pilot 2016

Vocabulary

TERMS OF REFERENCE

TERMS OF ADDRESS

yabok yabok = sister

  • If you are a man, this is what you call any of your sisters. They call you rdarda 
  • If you are a woman, this is what you call your older sister. She calls you rdarda

rdardda rdardda (sometimes spelt rdarda or darda) = (younger) sibling

  • If you are a man this is what you call your younger brother. He calls you kokok
  • If you are a woman, this is what you call your younger sisters. They call you yabok
  • This is also what a woman calls any of her brothers whether younger or older. And they all call her yabok

kokok kokok = older brother

  • If you are a man, this is what you call your older brothers. They call you rdarda 

karrang karrang (or sometimes karrard) = mother

  • What you call your mother or her younger sisters. They will all call you djedje

ngabba ngabba (or sometimes ngabbard) = father

  • What you call your father or his brothers. They call you korlonj.

korlonj korlonj = man’s child

  • If you are a man this is what you call your children, or your brothers’ children. They call you ngabba

djedje djedje = woman’s child

  • This is what mothers call their children. They (both sexes) call her karrang

kakkak kakkak = grandmother (mother’s mother)

  • What you call your mother’s mother (also her sisters and brothers)
  • They call you the same but from their point of view it means grandchild.

PRONOUNS  (these are separate words, as distinct from the pronominal prefixes like nga-, ka-, etc). Refer to the pronoun page if you need a reminder

  • ngudda ngudda = you singular (2sg)
  • ngaleng ngaleng = she/her (3sg_FEM)
  • nungka nungka = he/him (3sg_MASC)
  • ke ke = your singular (2sg_POSS)

VERBS

  • wam wam = went (past tense of ‘re’ = go)
  • nang nang = saw (past tense of ‘nan’ = see)

OTHER WORDS

  • baleh baleh = question word (where? how many/much? what?)
  • kunkurlah kunkurlah = skin name
  • kunmokurrkurr kunmokurrkurr = clan name