Language name and location: Bandjalang, Australia [Refer to Ethnologue]

言名称和分布地区贾朗语, 澳大利亚西南威尔斯地区


1. yabur, yabul

2. bula, buruhr

3. bula yabur etc.

4. bula-bula,  bulah-bulah, buruhr-buruhr

5. bula bula yabur, buruhr-buruhr yabur and yugambeh danɡɡan ( lit: hand )


Linguist providing data and dateː Dr. Margaret Sharpe, Department of Linguistics,

University of New England, Australia, September 10, 2012, August 10, 2017.
供资料的语言学家: Dr. Margaret Sharpe, 2012 年 9 月10日, 2017 年 8 月10 日


Other comments: Bandjalang or Gidabal has only two words for numbers 1 to 2. The first set is from Yugambeh dialect of Yugambeh-Budjalung and the second is from Tabulam dialect. As shown in the Yugambeh and Bundjalung stuff, terms and phrases for 1, 2, 3 and 4 are common, and some use the word for hand for five. I do know there were some that used body positions from fingers on one hand , up to the shoulder and across and down the other side for counting turtle eggs (my vague recollection is that those counted to 17). But also it's a valid observation I think, made by John Rutter, and certainly in the various glosses I have in Ngalia and Wangkatja, the words commonly used for numbers have a primary different meaning: one  single, alone, a different one, two a couple (e.g. married couple 3 a family). Notes: Practical orthographies used throughout. /r/ is a flap, tended to a trill word finally, /b/ is a lenis voiced bilabial stop, after /y/ /a/ is more like IPA æ, /ng/ is the velar nasal.

Language name and location: Bandjalang, Australia [Refer to Ethnologue]

言名称和分布地区贾朗 语, 澳大利亚西南威尔斯地区


1. buruːr   

2. buruːr yabur

3. ɡumbi ( lit: many = 'none', not given )


Linguist providing data and dateː Dr. Paul Black, School of Australian Linguistics, Northern Territory, Australia,  January 16, 1989.

Sourceː Brian and Helen Geytenbeek, Gidabal Grammar and Dictionary,

Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies, Canberra 1971.
供资料的语言学家: Dr. Paul Black, 1989 年 1 月 16 日.


Other comments: Bandjalang has only two words for numbers 1 to 2, and then 'many'.


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