Yesterday’s post

The substance of yesterday’s Yan-nhaŋu post was what my classificatory mum passed away and the funeral is this week. We spent a lot of time together and she’s largely responsible for the progress I made in speaking Yan-nhaŋu. I’m not sure how old she was, probably about 70, maybe a bit younger. When I left last time she said that it would be the last time we saw each other, but all the old people say that. I’m glad she saw the learner’s guide, since she put so much time into it. I’m not sure what to say – I could write about what a wonderful person she was, how kind she was, and how (although she was keen on working on Yan-nhaŋu) she actually really wanted to teach me her language, Burarra. But nothing would be adequate.

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5 responses to “Yesterday’s post

  1. Very sorry to hear that. I’m glad you got to know her, and that she saw the guide she helped with. My condolences.

  2. hey clarie — many sympathies — hope you’re doing ok. it is great that she got to see the learner’s guide. it must have been a very unique relationship between you. all the best, hh

  3. Hey Girl.
    Make me sorry pobala.
    Well you’ll do her proud Claire.

  4. Please accept my condolences.

  5. I’ve just found your blog and am very sorry to hear the news. I know it’s all the harder for being so far away.

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