English: say, utter, tell
Bundjalung: ba-
Part of Speech: verb transitive
Related Words: ma- Gd  
With same English translation:  
Category: language
Comment: Usually not alone, but added to nouns of sound or speech to form a verb Wa; most (but not all) nouns that refer to noises may be verbalised with this verb root; can be added to nouns to make verbs involving saying something; e.g. nyariba- 'to name' , ngihnba- 'to ask' , nyangba- 'to call/name' (literally 'say what/something') nyulabal 'way of talking'; minyangbal 'Minyangbal (dialect)'; see also ma- Gd.
Lower Richmond: Bj:Holm ba-, -ba-
South West: Wa:Crowl;
Condamine Upper Clarence: Gd:Geyt ;

Bundjalung : ???Wanahwar nganyi yiralingahyumah?? bani wihnyi. (from W)

English: ???Don't speak to me in English?? you were told.'


Bundjalung : Mahdja baygalni gidjah balehn (from G)

English: 'the boss was saying to the man, "Tell me!"


Bundjalung : nguhr balehla (from G)

English: 'is growling'


Bundjalung : yarehng balehla (from G)

English: 'is screaming'

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