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Each week, the Indigenous Services Branch of the State Library of NSW will be posting an Indigenous ‘word of the week’ from collection material available on the Rediscovering Indigenous Languages Website.
According to the ‘Vocabulary of the Woolner District Dialect, Adelaide River, Northern Territory’ by John William Ogilvie Bennett, 1869, annotated by Paul Foelsche, Wal-er means “laugh”.
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It is important to note that these records were written in most cases about Aboriginal languages by non - Aboriginal people. For this reason, the written words may not accurately reflect the ways in which an oral language was spoken and transmitted.