Language Resources

Bilinarra to English Dictionary

Bilinarra is a language spoken in the Victoria River District of the Northern Territory, Australia. This Bilinarra to English Dictionary contains over 2000 Bilinarra words with their English translations, as well as illustrations and detailed encyclopedic information about plants, animals, Dreaming stories and cultural practices. A guide to the grammar of Bilinarra and an English word finder are also included to help the language learner.

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Miwal ga Djambuwal

Spirit Woman and Spirit Boy

Miwal ga Djambuwal is a story from the Marrangu Djinang people of Central Arnhem Land which tells the travels of a Spirit Woman (Miwal) and a Spirit Boy (Djambuwal) through Marrangu Djinang country, naming places, looking for sugarbag, hunting frill-necked lizard, and meeting other Spirit figures such as the Djangkawu Sisters who play a central role in Yolngu mythology. Featuring original illustrations by the book's author, Stanley Rankin, this version is presented in Djinang and English languages and includes a word list.

A set of English alphabet flashcards featuring vibrant illustrations by Gulumerrdjin (Larrakia) artist Jason Lee. The flashcards are based on the Darwin alphabet frieze: http://batchelorpress.com/node/401, and also include the Larrakia language names for many of the illustrations which depict animals found in Gulumerrdjin country.  The set includes 27 cards laminated both sides for extra durability; dimensions: 17.58 x 12.57cm.  Image shown for one card, with the back of each card featuring Jason Lee's bidjipidji (dragonfly) motif in connection with his Dreaming.
A Darwin alphabet frieze featuring the vibrant illustrations of Gulumerrdjin (Larrakia) artist Jason Lee.  The animals in the frieze all belong to Gulumerrdjin country and the Larrakia words for many of them are also included. The frieze is laminated both sides for extra durability and measures almost four metres long and 22 centimetres high. Each frieze comes in a custom, stickered tube and makes a beautiful addition to any Top End classroom or home. The frieze is accompanied by a set of flaschards (sold separately): http://batchelorpress.com/node/402 Image shown is a detail.
A series of flashcards to accompany the Kriol elfabet sound chart and Kriol elfabet frieze recently updated and developed with the Meigim Kriol Strongbala program at the Ngukkur community, south-east Arnhem Land. Each set features 35 cards, laminated both sides for extra durability; dimensions: 12.57 x 17.58cm.  Kriol elfabet frieze: http://batchelorpress.com/node/399; Kriol Sound Chart poster: http://batchelorpress.com/node/387 Image shows front and back of one card.
A Kriol elfabet frieze based on the Kriol Sound Chart poster (http://batchelorpress.com/node/387) recently updated and developed with the Meigim Kriol Strongbala program in the Ngukkur community, NT. The frieze is laminated both sides for extra durability and measures almost five metres in length and approx. 20 centimetres high. It comes packaged in a custom, stickered tube. A handsome addition to the Kriol learning classroom or for those with an interest in Top End Aboriginal languages. The frieze is also complemented by a set of Kriol elfabet flaschards (sold separately): http://batchelorpress.com/node/400 Image shown is a detail.      

Karri-ni kun-red kadberre man-djewk na-kudji.

A year in my country.

The original book Nga-ni Kun-red Ngarduk Man-djewk Na-dudji was published in Kune in 2018. This beautifully illustrated book on seasons was so popular that the Kuninjku people decided to translate from Kune into Kuninjku. Both Kuninjku and Kune are langauges of central Arnhem Land, Australia. The original text is by Jull Yirrindilli and translated into Kuninjku by Charlie Nanguwerr and Margot Gurrawiliwili, with transciption and English translation by Carolyn Coleman. 

Warray Plants and Animals

Aboriginal flora and fauna knowledge from the upper Adelaide and upper Finniss Rivers, northern Australia

Another title in the series of NT Government ethnobotanical books, this work has been in the making over decades, bringing together the knowledge of Warray elders Doris Lidawi White, Elsie Ajibak O'Brien, Dolly Mabul Fejo, Roger Wurdirdi Yates and Ada Ajibak Goodman (all now deceased) with linguist Mark Harvey and biologist Glenn Wightman. Warray country includes the upper Adelaide and upper Finniss Rivers and takes in the townships of Adelaide River and Batchelor as well as parts of Litchfield National Park.

Four sign language posters on the theme of kinship which represent Maningrida/Central Arnhem Land languages Ndjébbana, Gun-nartpa, Burarra, Kuninjku, Kune, Wurlaki and Djinang. The posters feature a range of kin signs including those for husband/wife, siblings, parents, grandparents, in-laws, cross-cousins and avoidance kin such as ‘poison cousins’. The posters were illustrated by Jennifer Taylor and the poster design was by Chris Storey. The production of these posters brings together a number of organisations and individuals who have worked together over several years, including over 30 language speakers working with Lúrra Language and Culture at Maningrida College, along with linguists and language workers. The Maningrida Action Project was coordinated by Margaret Carew (Batchelor Institute) and Jennifer Green (University of Melbourne) with the assistance of Carolyn Coleman (Lúrra Language and Culture) and supported by an Australian Research Council DECRA Award. The other three posters may be found at:  http://batchelorpress.com/node/390; http://batchelorpress.com/node/391; http://batchelorpress.com/node/39
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