Barunggam body parts

Barunggam is the name of one of the languages spoken in the Dalby and eastern Darling Downs, extending along the Gowrie Creek and Condamine Catchments. It takes in the communities of Oakey, Dalby and Jandowae extending west towards Chinchilla.

Barunggam is connected to Wakka Wakka and is sometimes referred to as 'Western Wakka Wakka'. There are shared words between Barunggam and neighbouring languages Jarowair to the east; Wakka Wakka to the north and Mandandanji to the west.

Much of what we know about Barunggam has been provided by Harriet Barlow who included Barunggam wordlists in her work 'Aboriginal Vocabularies of Queensland'. Later linguistic work was undertaken by Holmer.

As Aboriginal languages were oral-based, the spelling of Barunggam and Barunggam language may differ in historical documents and other sources; for example Barunggam has also been spelt Barungam, Parrungoom, Murrumgama, Murrun-gama, Murrumningama and Kogai.

The following list identifies parts of the body and their suggested pronunciation.

Download Barunggam body parts word list [PDF 168KB]

Note: Aboriginal languages are oral languages that have only been written since European settlement; there may be several variations in spelling and pronunciation. The following list should be seen as a guide – check with local language speakers/custodians as to the preferred local pronunciation.

EnglishBarunggamPronunciation
ArmGinniGin-nee
BeardYigaYee-gah
BloodDundeDoon-dee
BodyDjamJarm
BoneDeealDee-ahl
EarBinungBin-ung
ElbowGooaGoo-ah
EyeMiiMee
FaceNguarNoo-ah
Finger / FingersNaluNa-loo
FootDinungDin-nung
HairKameeKar-mee
HandMaaMah
HeadMauMaw
KneeKoomarKoo-mah
LegBongooBoong-oo
MouthKeeamKey-arm
NoseMiiaMee-ah
ShoulderToolgaTool-gah
StomachGumarGoo-moor
TeethDiyungDee-ang
ThroatWugungWoo-gunn
TongueThallinThal-lin

Learn more about Barunggam language!

Condamine Alliance
Condamine Alliance undertook a language project that mapped languages along the Condamine River, including Barunggam. Visit their website to to learn more about the Aboriginal Languages Project.

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)
AIATSIS collections also has language and cultural materials relating to Barunggam – further details can be found in their Language Bibliography.

State Library of New South Wales (SLNSW)
The SLNSW as part of their Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Project has digitised the L R Schwennesen Papers which include Barunggam wordlists.

Further details

For further information on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages at State Library of Queensland, please contact:
Queensland Memory, State Library of Queensland
Stanley Place, South Brisbane Qld 4101
PO Box 3488, South Brisbane Qld 4101
t: (07) 3840 7666            f: (07) 3842 9126

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