This present database is compiled from several Kariyarra Wordlists. The data was
entered by Albert Burgman in 2005 and Sarah Cutfield in 2005-6.
Cassandra Pace [CJP] continued work on the database in June-July 2008.
Jessica Denniss [JD] started working on the database in Sept 2008. She became
Jessica Mathie [JM] in November 2011.
Amanda Hamilton [AH] began minor work on this database in May 2012.
David Osgarby [DO], a student visiting Wangka Maya for a few weeks of work experience in November 2012, made a very small number of changes.
Peter Hill [PH] started working on the database in June 2014.
Albert Burgman [AB] started working again on this database in September 2019.
Kariyarra data was provided by Doreen Bully, Alice Captain, Len Chubby,
Margie Dean, Raylene Gordon, Kathy Lockyer, Nyaparu Lockyer, Gordon
Pondroy, Bridget Warrie, Irene Roberts, Nancy Roberts, Diana Robinson,
Arthur Whalebone, Elsie Williams and Norton Williams. Data was compiled by
Sam Clifton, Sandra Clifton, Raylene Gordon, Bernadette Lockyer, Keith
Lockyer, Janet Sharp, Nicholas Thieberger, Carl G. von Brandenstein, Diana
Robinson, and Vicki Webb, who also put together the grammar with help from
The Kariyarra Wordlist and Sketch Grammar were funded by the Endangered
Languages Project, ATSIC, and produced by Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal
Language Centre, South Hedland, WA. The references used up to 27-1-06 for this
database can be found in the file 'Kariyarra Shoebox refs.doc'.
Example sentences have their source listed after the English translation.
There are a lot of variations in the spelling of words. I have simply listed the
variations as variants and given examples of the sentences from where the
variations come. Whether these are typographical errors or true variants in the
language needs to be sorted out. For example the lexeme 'pangka~' with its very
questionable morpheme breakdowns in the examples. lx pangka pangkar lc
pangka~ ps v sn 1 de to bring re bring, to xv Ngayi nyingku murlayi
pangka-na. xe I brought you some meat. sn 2 ge to take de to take re take, to
xv Ngani warninguru nyinta? Munu pangkar-kajinguru. xe Why didn't you take
that? You should have taken that. xv Purlpitha nyinta kurtalyi ngunarraku
pangka-rma. xe If you want, you can take that. The standout variant is the
spelling of the name for Port Hedland 'Marapikurrinya' and 'Marapikurinya' in the
grammar and place name wordlist respectively.
Each variant has its own entry and immediately subsequent vr 'variant comment'
form where the source of the variant and any notes regarding its staus as verified
are recorded. Variants which do not have any 'needs checking' comment are to be
taken as verified. 'Variants' sourced from written records which have been rejected
by speakers are listed in an nt field.
The spelling inconsistencies even occur within the grammar itself eg the habitual is
spelt '-karra' in the verbal suffixes table, and '-kurra' in the following explanations.
The data in the wordlists and grammar of 2001 will have to be compared with the
original sources for these publications.
There are a number of free translations in the sketch grammar of 2001 that do not
seem to accurately reflect all of the material in the interlinearisation. For example
below, the idea of the interjection 'hey' is completely ignored in the free translation.
wayipa ngayi ngawarraninapa wayipa ngayi ngawarrani-na-pa hey
1-SG-NOM forget-PST-TOPIC I've forgotten.
There are a number of grammatical inconsistencies between the grammar and the
wordlist from 2001. For example: From the word list we get the lexical item
Kariyarra Toolbox References ‚Äì Number codes From file
'000_kari_toolbox-source-documents_notes_2017-10-12_ph Code Source/Identity
1 Kariyarra combined wordlist.xls
2 KARIYARRA WORDLIST Draft.doc
3 KARIYARRA WORDLIST Draft D.doc
4 Kariyarra words and sentences.doc(in Kariyarra Texts, Oct 2001)s
5 English-Kariyarra word find
7 Kariyarra Uni Parker 1991.dat
8 von Brandenstein 6
12 Misc data not for grammar.doc
13 RG notes 10/01/06
14 RG Vocab Checking 4/01/06
15 Kariyarra Verbs 18/01/06
16 RG on Kariyarra Verbal Paradigms 2 28/12/05 (minidisc)
17 Kariyarra checking & verbs 13.1.06.doc
18 Kariyarra notes, Cutfield 05-06
19 Botany and Verbs in Kariyarra 10/1/06
20 von Brandenstein Kariyarra.doc
21 Kariyarra Songs (In Kariyarra Texts, Oct 2001)
22 Kariyarra Verbs 19/01/06
23 Bush Food (In Kariyarra Texts, Oct 2001)
24 Hymns in Kariyarra (In Kariyarra Texts, Oct 2001)
25 Raylene Gordon answers to questions from vw.
26 Kariyarra Picture Book ‚Äì 1999
27 Kariyarra Learner‚Äôs Guide (file 01-06-034)
28 Aboriginal Place Names Survey 01-06-036
29 From Brian Geytenbeek 1. May 2006
30 Diana Robinson‚Äôs Kariyarra Data
31 Kariyarra Grammar database.xls
32 Diana Robinson‚Äôs Shoebox Database for Kariyarra
33 Kariyarra Verb Export 12_dec_05
34 kariyarra Sentences (file 01-06-031 ‚Äì this is more extensive than kariyarra
35 kariyarra sentences.doc
36 project Kariyarra songs (1-06-29)
37 RG notes on 15, 17, 19
38 Kariyarra Plants Info
39 Yellow booklet from file 01-06-33
40 File 01-06-030
41 Story by Elliott Lockyer
42 Kariyarra Topical Dictionary
43 File 1-06-39
44 AIATSIS word list 1-06-40
45 Places list (file 43)
46 amendments to dictionary
47 corrections by RG (file 48)
48 file 1-06-018
49 botany file
Kariyarra Toolbox References ‚Äì Letter codes. From file
Code Source/Identity Comment
RG Raylene Gordon (also data collected from Raylene Gordon, May/June 2001)
EW Elsie Williams
DR Diana Robinson (also Kariyarra Dictionary, Diana Robinson, 1989) The
dictionary appears to be based on R&B and B with some modifications.
DB Doreen Bully(-Jenkins)
GP Gordon Pondroy
IR Irene Roberts (also Kariyarra Wordlist 14/2/00)
A Comparison of Kariyarra words with list collected by von Brandenstein
B, B1, B2 Kariyarra Wordlist Kariyarra Research Project
D List of verbs and placenames Author unknown, found in folder
E Kariyarra Wordlist,Manny Lockyer (19/12/88)
F Kariyarra Wordlist Draft (1998)
G Kariyarra Sentences From file 436.2 ‚Äì Kariyarra Wordlist Draft
H Kariyarra sentences from Manny Lockyer‚Äôs tape April 1990 (K01)
I Aboriginal Placenames Survey Aboriginal placenames on the Tambourah
1:100,000 map. Consultant: Manny Lockyer, interviewed by Kevin Clifton & Ian
Elliot, 10-12, 15/9/92. File no. 436.7
J Placenames (author unknown. File no. 436.7)
K Kariyarra sentences Data provided by Len Chubby, Arthur Whalebone &
Kathy Lockyer & recorded by Bernadette Lockyer, Keith Lockyer, Sam Clifton &
Nick Thieberger. File no. 436.11
L Story & sentences by Manny Lockyer (February 1997)
BW Interview with Bridget Warrie, 8/6/01 (conducted by Vicki Webb)
FM Photocopied notes on Kariyarra (F. McCarthy) File no. 436.11
ML Aboriginal Languages of the Pilbara: Kariyarra (Manny Lockyer/WMPALC,
N&G Norton Williams and Gordon Pondroy Data collected by VW on field trip
NT Notes on grammar and translation of text. Author unknown, found in folder. pb
Kariyarra Picture Book, I, 2, 3
R&B Kariyarra Research Wordlist elicited from informal discussion with Nancy
Roberts and Doreen Bully 19/6/97
R&N Data collected by Raylene Gordon working with Norton Williams.
RP Data checked by Raylene Gordon and Patricia Stevens, 20/6/01.
S&T Aboriginal Languages of the Pilbara Region: Kariyarra (Sharp &
VB A Pilbara Aboriginal Vocabulary (von Brandenstein, 1979)
VB2 Kariyarra Words from von Brandenstein Taruru (20/12/97)
RGSD Raylene Gordon Simple Dictionary
WMWL Wangka Maya Word List Compiled by Vicki Webb from Kariyarra
WMSG Wangka Maya Sketch Grammar Compiled by Vicki Webb from Kariyarra
Pronoun database.xls and Kariyarra Grammar database.xls
SC Sarah Cutfield
VW Vicki Webb
AB Albert Burgman