• 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