One arm point and beyond(dampier peninsula, near Broome

To: Alistair McKeough <>
Subject: One arm point and beyond(dampier peninsula, near Broome
From: Denise Goodfellow <>
Date: Fri, 20 Nov 2009 07:48:52 +0930
Great reply, Alistair.  These names all add a richness to the language.  We
would all be the poorer if they were lost.

Also, as Nicholas Haas has pointed out, we've already got birds with names
from elsewhere.  And what about bandicoot - originally the name of an Indian

on 20/11/09 6:48 AM, Alistair McKeough at  wrote:

> Hear, hear Denise. The scientific names serve the purpose of avoiding
> confusion for serious scientific endeavour. Let's please retain at least
> some words because they sound nice and add linguistic interest.
> Don't get me started on seeing Judy Dench described as an "actor".
> 2009/11/20 Denise Goodfellow <>
>> Djagana
>> People will still continue to use regional names, and I don't see why not.
>> For instance, Owl-faced Finch for Double-barred. Indeed, I think it
>> important  to keep such names, particularly the Indigenous ones.  Kunwinjku
>> people have already stopped using a heap of terms for particular animals,
>> and so when I trained them for birdwatching tourism, I encouraged them to
>> just add the European terms to the names they already knew.
>>  There are already names common to each species - scientific names.  And
>> generally, not are they only descriptive but often poetic!
>> Denise
>> on 20/11/09 5:58 AM, Greg & Val Clancy at  wrote:
>>> Why not use 'Barri-enna'? Because it is the Sydney area name for it.
>>  There
>>> are many other suitable indigenous names such as Djanna (help me Denise
>>> Goodfellow did I get it right?).
>>> A nice thought to use an indigenous name but it may be a Pandora's box
>> not
>>> worth opening.
>>> Greg Clancy

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