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Re: place names and fossils
* It would be wonderful if some paleontologists and linguists/
folklorists would collaborate on an article or a book about
Aboriginal fossil legends before it's too late!
* China's rich fossil legends are just waiting for a similar treatment.
* North Africa and subsaharan Africa are other fossiferous locales
with rich opportunities for collecting fossil-related traditions.
* South America too--there must be local lore in Patagonia (Darwin
and Simpson published some hints) and other regions with impressive,
noticeable dinosaur fossils and trackways in the southern hemisphere
* Canada's First Nations certainly have numerous oral traditions that
relate to fossils.
* I started the ball rolling with "fossil hunters in togas" and
Native American fossil legends, but I don't have the knowledge or
time to do credit to the above topics. But if I can be of any help in
encouraging such projects by members (or students) on the vrtpaleo
and dinosaur lists, eg putting people in touch with others, etc, let
On Apr 1, 2007, at 4:29 PM, Nick Pharris wrote:
Quoting David Marjanovic <email@example.com>:
Another reason to collect and aim to preserve as much
as possible of these peoples' traditions as still
possible... the Tjapwuring language for example is
sadly extinct, essentially prohibiting to get behind
the original stories of the "mihirung".
Which language? This supposedly comprehensive list http://
doesn't contain it, and (at least) the first page of Google results
is about dromornithids. It's not a dialect of the Western Desert
I'm asking because speakers of related languages may have related
I checked Google, and the only sites that use the spelling
"Tjapwuring" are ones that talk about Mihirungs.
I suspect it's a reference to Jab-wurrung, a dialect of the language
known as Wemba-Wemba or Wembawemba. Several language and dialect
names in the area (western Victoria) end in -wurrung; I suspect it
probably means "speech" or "language".
Department of Linguistics
University of Michigan
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