Re: birding-aus Bird raving

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Subject: Re: birding-aus Bird raving
From: David McDonald <>
Date: Tue, 17 Aug 1999 09:27:37 +1000
I note that HANZAB has appendixes of Aboriginal names and commend the
compilers for including these. Unfortunately the listings do not indicate
which languages/localities the names come from.

Goodfellow wrote:

> <snip>
> Have a look at what happens with bird names.  Now obviously the good of
> having common bird names as with any term, is that everyone knows what
> everyone else is talking about.  But this works on a regional basis as
> well.  Members of my Kuninjku language group all know what bird we mean
> by Djagana.   But regional bird names are suppressed by names adopted by
> the wider society, and that includes Aboriginal language names.  Whether
> that's good or bad depends on who you are.  If you're a visitor or
> newcomer to a region you probably want names you are familiar with.  But
> there are unintended consequences, namely the loss of legitimacy of
> regional differences, and languages.   Bird names are  part of the total
> process that causes national, regional differences that helped locals
> make sense of their world, gave them a sense of identity, to be subsumed.
> <snip>

David McDonald
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