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Landscape categories in Yindjibarndi: Ontology, environment, and language

Mark, D.M. and Turk, A.G. (2003) Landscape categories in Yindjibarndi: Ontology, environment, and language. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 2825 . pp. 28-45.

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This paper describes categories for landscape elements in the language of the Yindjibarndi people, a community of Indigenous Australians. Yindjibarndi terms for topographic features were obtained from dictionaries, and augmented and refined through discussions with local language experts in the Yindjibarndi community. In this paper, the Yindjibarndi terms for convex landforms and for water bodies are compared to English-language terms used to describe the Australian landscape, both in general terms and in the AUSLIG Gazetteer. The investigation found fundamental differences between the two conceptual systems at the basic level, supporting the notion that people from different places and cultures may use different categories for geographic features.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Information Technology
Publisher: Springer Verlag
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