English: having, with
Bundjalung: -nguhrgan
Part of Speech: suffix
Related Words:
With same English translation:  
Comment: Short form -nguhr, implies presence, sometimes in particularly large quantities, of the referent (Wa), with, has under the control of or in the poessession of some other being (the word suffixed), e.g. dubay-nguhrgan 'having a wife', bilahr-ngurgan 'having a spear'; added to a verbal participle or noun referring to an action, it refers to a person who has completed the action, not a habitual doer of the action.
Gold Coast Tweed: Y:Sha:Culhm Y:Allen nyajungnoro pelican; M:Liv -urrugan, urru; mullagurru (sic); Tw:Curr:Bray chulgun noroe Tommy, nio nur-ra yan-ba-la-la
South West: Wa:Crowl ,
Condamine Upper Clarence: Gd:Geyt ;
Example:

Bundjalung : ngahri-nguhrgan (from W)

English: 'a person who has had a dance'

Example:

Bundjalung : bumilih-ngurgan (from W)

English: 'a person who has had a fight'

Example:

Bundjalung : yarbil-nguhrgan (from W)

English: 'a person who has sung a song'

Example:

Bundjalung : Mala bargan-nguhrgan gawarehla. (from Wa:Crow)

English: 'He is running with a lot of boomerangs.'

Example:

Bundjalung : Ngay malahba yan.gahla baygalbah guhndun-nguhrganbah wadjiyah malahni. (from Wa:Crow)

English: 'I'm going to the man who's got lots of hair to tell him something.'

Example:

Bundjalung : Bagay-nguhrgan mala jali. (from Wa:Crow)

English: 'That tree has got some honey in it.'

Example:

Bundjalung : Nyule ngagamnguhrgan. (from G)

English: 'He has a dog.'


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