GALC linguists commenced working on locating speakers of the language previously identified as Manyjiljar. Phonemic analysis of the language’s name indicates that the name of this language is Manytjilytjarra.
Linguists have looked at Manyjilyjarra of the Punmu/Parnngurr region and compared this language with Manytjilytjarra, as the names given by speakers are very similar. However, the languages are clearly different with a great number of words being different. There is also a difference in the phonemic inventory with Manytjilytjarra having the dental sound ‘tj’ where as Manyjilyjarra has the ‘j’ sound.
Two fluent speakers were located and have worked during 2017-18 with GALC linguist, Gizem Milonas, to record natural speech in the language. As of May 2018, over 500 words are now on the database and 10 hours of recordings made. Speakers are very keen to continue this work and produce a dictionary in 2019.
A children’s story book by Janice McKnaulty was produced in July 2018 and is available at GALC for $8.00
Manytjilytarra Alphabet Chart
A beautiful Manytjilytarra alphabet chart is available as a free download here. Or can be purchased at GALC as a rip-free, wipeable chart for $40.
The chart is suitable for the classroom or child’s bedroom.
Manytjilytarra Body Parts Chart
A beautiful Manytjilytarra body parts chart is available as a free download here. Or can be purchased at GALC as a rip-free, wipeable chart for $40.
The Goldfields Aboriginal Languages Centre's role is the recording, linguistic analysis and creation of preservation documents such as dictionaries and grammars, for the languages of the Goldfields region of WA.