English: break, smash
Bundjalung: gawa-
Part of Speech: verb transitive
Related Words:
With same English translation:   bahga-   jalmayma-  
Comment: Break (something), either by accident or on purpose (Wa); buhn gawa -'to coil, roll up', jim gawa- 'to break off' (Gd); cf. also dunma-.
Gold Coast Tweed: Ydict kawa-; Y:Holm:Thmpsn,Logn gawa-(goh-), gawani (gohni), gohgawa imper., gohgoni pf. (ml), wana gohgawa, gohgoni; Y:Allen pr gowa, p gowalen, pf gowalian, f gowalala, Y:Watsn gowa; gow'alen; go'wiilian; gow'alla'la; Y:Hanln toonmah, kowah smash, kowah kornee to break in two; Tw:Curr:Bray cowin
South West: Wa:Crowl; Cas:Smy gaw-a, gouw-a, gouwalen, gouwani ;
Condamine Upper Clarence: Gd:Geyt ;
Example:

Bundjalung : Munah bilahr nyahn.ganah gawani. (from W)

English: '(Someone) broke her spear.'

Example:

Bundjalung : Maliyu munah bilahr birani baygalu gawalehn-nguy bahm. (from W)

English: 'The man threw the spear and it broke in half.'

Example:

Bundjalung : Gawani maliyu dubahdjaru munah bilahr nyahn.ganah. (from W)

English: 'The girl broke her spear (deliberately).'

Example:

Bundjalung : Nganyah bargan gawani. (from W)

English: 'My boomerang broke (acccidentally).'

Example:

Bundjalung : Gile dalahn yaramanah warambahl jarang gawalehn. (from G)

English: 'That white horse's left hind leg broke.'

Example:

Bundjalung : Nyang darnang gawalehn nyulangam? (from G)

English: 'Were they breaking sticks?'


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