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  • Alicia Smith
    Nyoongar language is highly adaptable and flexible – so while the old people may not have had chairs, they had the word for sit, and the suffix that meant “thing for”. A word for chair and other modern conveniences can easily be obtained this way. Other words have come along in this living, vibrant language. For example, the word for car draws on the strengths of the language in picking up sound from the environment. Anyone who’s tried to start a recalcitrant engine with a dodgy battery on a col...  more
  • Alicia Smith
    5 words to do with soil and land requested by fred_mouse on Dreamwidth

    When you study Nyoongar, the sense of country - of boodjar - resonates and permeates through language and your sense of place within it.

    One word that I find particularly evocative and that I've probably mentioned fairly recently is

    Kwongkan - Kwongan. Follow the wikipedia link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kwongan to learn more about this, well, sandy area of low shrubs, easy passage between hills with the odd tree. Soun...  more
  • Alicia Smith
    Road rage in New Zealand. Imagine the horror - a man so enraged that he throws the victim's car keys quite violently into the bush! https://www.odt.co.nz/regions/queenstown/vigilante-gets-sympathy-and-conviction
  • Alicia Smith
    Well, I've been having something of a culinary time recently - we spent the weekend before last down at the Truffle Kerfuffle in Manjimup. It was very nice to have tents (no, not the silly teepee style ones with the fairy lights) set up for us with fuzzy bedsocks laid out for us on the bed on arrival. The rain was ever present but with marquees and sturdy tents it was all fine.

    Plenty of delicious local produce, truffles and on the Sunday we bought up pumpkins and this and that,and some cheese...  more
  • Alicia Smith
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-06-09/mona-hobart-simon-denny-exhibition-mine-data-mining/11193628

    So I don't know whether to be horrified or not..

    If you want to buy the boardgame Extractor, here's the link, https://shop.mona.net.au/extractor but if you want to buy the original game Squatter https://squatter.com.au/product/squatter-board-game/ that this is based on here's its link too. I must admit to some curiousity as to the differences in play...
    #boardgames
  • Alicia Smith
    For this #5words in the Nyoongar language fred_mouse has requested the topic of "boids" which I'm interpreting to mean as birds and not some esoteric reference of which I'm not aware, correct me if I'm wrong. Bird in Nyoongar is Djerap and highly recommended is "Djerap - Noongar Birds" - http://batchelorpress.com/node/276 which gives several dialect words for most species in Noongar boodjar, and it's that I'll be using for reference here.

    This is a huge ranging subject and will be revisited ...  more
  • Alicia Smith
    There's a new Nightsiders story available! Alex warns me that it's a Work in Progress but it's very exciting to be reading something else from this Perth after extreme climate change series.

    Nightsiders is a look at what Perth might be going to be like at the wrong end of climate change and I highly recommend it, not only to Perthlings who'll get a kick out of what happens to their familiar landscape, but to anyone who likes people trying to get it together after disasters.

    You don't have to...  more
  • Alicia Smith
    This, ahem, more than #5words comes to you by request of rattfan . He also asked me what the correct way of spelling Nyoongar is - I'm afraid I had to disappoint there, as all ways are correct. Why is this? Well, this is an oral language - people have recorded in different ways, there are different dialects, and even the Elders aren't always in agreement. There's no one true way. I've heard more than one Nyoongar person chuckling quietly to themselves about the difficulty it presents to wadjelas...  more
  • Alicia Smith
    fred_mouse over on Dreamwidth has requested 'family' as the theme to today's 5words.

    Family is deeply important to the Noongar people - and this has only deepened after the impact of the removal of children from their families as a result of horribly flawed actions in the past and the resultant intergenerational trauma that is still with us today. But even before that, the complex weave of familial relationships made sure that everyone was looked after and knew how they stood in the scheme of ...  more