These Barngarla words were put together by Barngarla Elder Dawn Taylor during a cadetship at the Mobile Language Team. As part of her cadetship Dawn listened to an original cassette recording of Moonie Davis, a Barngarla/Kokatha man speaking Barngarla words.

Dawn worked with an MLT linguist on the recording and extracted the words to show people today how Barngarla sounded in the 1960s.

Many of these words appear in the Barngarla word list written down by Clamor Schürmann in 1844 in Port Lincoln. Dawn would like to thank Luise Hercus for helping her access the Moonie Davis recording and Paul Monaghan and Lucy Hackworth for helping put the project together.

If you have any questions or queries about these words please contact the Mobile Language Team at or call us on (08) 8313 0707.