Dhaŋu Dictionary and Word List

Dhaŋu Dictionary and Word List

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ARDS has two Dhaŋu resources available - a Dhaŋu (to English) dictionary and an English to Dhaŋu Word List. Each contain over 900 common words.

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ARDS has two Dhaŋu (Dhangu) resources available - a Dhaŋu (to English) dictionary and an English to Dhaŋu Word List. Each contain over 900 common words.

Dhaŋu (Wangurri, Gälpu (Galpu), Golumala, et al) was originally spoken by a number of clans located between Elcho Island and Yirrkala. Dhaŋu is one of a several Yolŋu (Yolngu) dialects currently spoken in the northeast Arnhem Land communities of Galiwin’ku, Yirrkala, Gunyaŋara, Milingimbi and Gapuwiyak.

The Dhaŋu to English Dictionary contains an introduction to Yolŋu languages alphabet and grammar. (Note that the dictionary and word list are not necessarily equivalents in the terms they contain.)

They are a useful vocabulary resource for non-Indigenous people learning Dhaŋu, or Yolŋu wanting to improve their English. It will also be of benefit to linguists and the Yolŋu community as a language archive.

We acknowledge the many people who have had a part in the making of ARDS' dictionaries, most importantly the Aboriginal people who shared their language and culture.

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