Neologization (Coining New Words)

 

NEOLOGISM for INTERNET (coined in Port Augusta in April 2013)

Reclaimed Barngarla: irbiyarnoo

irbi ‘information’ + yarnoo ‘net’

 

NEOLOGISM for COMPUTER

Reclaimed Barngarla: GABIWA

Barngarla GABIWA is modelled upon Te Reo Māori rorohiko ‘computer,

lit. ‘lightning brain’, compounding of roro ‘brain’ + hiko ‘lightning’ (and the latter consequently ‘electricity’).

The Kaurna word, which was a calque of the Māori, is mukarndo, lit. ‘lightning brain’ ,

a portmanteau blending of mukamuka ‘brain’ (note the reduplication) + karndo ‘thunder, lightning’