A Grammar of Wardaman: A Language of the Northern Territory by Merlan, Francesca C.

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This preliminary information was very useful, and I am grateful for his generosity in making it available to me. I initially did fieldwork on Wardaman in 1976, from March to November, and for periods in 1978. Fieldwork was conducted mainly in Katherine town around the fringe camps, for though there were still some Wardaman people living at Willeroo in 1976, station management was hostile to my living there or even visiting at the station camp. I worked with some Wardaman people living in what were then called the "New Homes", the first housing within the town itself to be explicitly made available to Aboriginal families (from 1970).

Before I began field work in 1976, Kenneth Hale made available to me some pages of field notes he recorded in 1959 in the Alice Springs area, where he worked with an informant who had some knowledge of Wardaman. This preliminary information was very useful, and I am grateful for his generosity in making it available to me. I initially did fieldwork on Wardaman in 1976, from March to November, and for periods in 1978. Fieldwork was conducted mainly in Katherine town around the fringe camps, for though there were still some Wardaman people living at Willeroo in 1976, station management was hostile to my living there or even visiting at the station camp.

In the last couple of years he has supplied interesting material, textual and other, particularly on the area of Wardaman country to which he is patrifilated, around Willeroo homestead. Over the years I got assistance in language elicitation and in much else from his aunt, Nayda (Waramburr), who passed away in 1991. I owe a particular debt to Elsie Raymond. Among the Wardaman, she has always been the most prolific story-teller and recounter of history, genealogy, mythology, and all sorts of information relating to past and present, that I have worked with.

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