Example sentences for: dharuk

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  • Not more than about 400 words have been borrowed altogether, and yet of these some 60 come from Dharuk, the language which was spoken on the site now occupied by the city of Sydney and not much beyond it, which existed in an inland and a coastal dialect.

  • Although there are still a few Dharuk descendants in the vicinity of Sydney, and these may still use a handful of Dharuk words, Dharuk effectively ceased to function as a language by the mid-19th century.

  • It is ironic that lubra , a word for a black woman—usually a younger woman than is connoted by the Dharuk gin —was one of the few survivals of the Tasmanian languages, in which it has been suggested that it meant penis.

  • On the other there were new names, borrowings from Aboriginal languages, like boobook, dingo, koala, kurrajong, wallaby, wallaroo, waratah, and wombat, all from Dharuk (the Sydney language); descriptive names like blackbutt, bottlebrush, duckbill, flooded gum, and gumtree; or popular adoptions of scientific names like banksia, callistemon, casuarina, boronia, eucalyptus, and platypus.

  • The settlers quickly discovered that knowledge of Dharuk (the Aboriginal language spoken in Sydney) was of no help to them in communicating with the local Aborigines—unless the Aborigines had learned words from the settlers in the belief that they were English, as indeed happened with some pidgin terms and, in the west, with boomerang .

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