Burarra (Gu-jingarliya)

Burarra is member of the Maningrida branch of the Arnhem family of languages. It is spoken by about 1,000 people in the community of Maningrida in central Arnhem Land in the north of the Northern Territory of Australia, particularly along, around and between the Blyth and Cadell Rivers.

Burarra is also known as Anbarra, Barera, Bawera, Burada, Bureda, Burera, Gidjingaliya Gujingalia, Gujalabiya, Gun-Guragone, Jikai or Tchikai. There are three dialects: Gun-nartpa, Gun-narta and Gun-narda.

It is written with the Latin script, and there is some written material in the language.

Burarra alphabet and pronunciation

Burarra alphabet and pronunciation

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Sample text (The Lord's Prayer - Luke 11: 2-4)

  1. Lika nipa a-wena burrwa, a-yinanga, “Wolawola ana-goyburrpa nyibu-wenggana barra nyiburr-workiya, nyiburr-yinda barra nyiburr-wengga: ‘Anya, nginyipa ny-yelangga ngayburrpa barra bubu-ngurrja ny-molamola. Guwa gun-nginyipa rum barra gu-jipa gu-workiya gun-guna rrawa.
  2. Mu-nguy nyirr-wu balaja mun-ngiya ngayburrpa jal nyiburr-ni.
  3. Rrapa baywarra nega arrburrwa gun-gata minypa ngayburrpa werra nyiburr-negiyana nggula, minypa ngayburrpa rrapa baywarra nyibi-nenga burrwa nyiburr-workiya aburr-werranga aburr-gata minypa werra nyirrbi-negarra ngayburrpa. Gala barra nyirr-ga yi-gata gun-derta gun-gorla nyibu-barripa; gala yapa nyiburr-lijiwarriyan.’ ”

Source: ebible.org

Translation (English)

  1. And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
  2. Give us day by day our daily bread.
  3. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.

Source: Bible Gateway

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Information about Burarra

Arnhem languages

Anindilyakwa, Bininj Kunwok, Burarra, Nunggubuyu

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

Page created: 06.01.23. Last modified: 06.01.23


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