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Ms Linda Blake

Australian Aboriginal Languages-Writing Sentences in Wonnarua- Ergative Suffix

Grades: 6th Grade, 8th Grade, 4th Grade
Subjects: World Languages

Student Instructions

1. Suffixes are used as tags to add meaning to words in a sentence. 2. Ergative suffix: Marks the agent of a clause. The agent is the person or animal that is in or doing something in the sentence. The clause is the sentence. 3. Different ergative suffixes are added to words depending on the way each word (agent)ends. See the table below and look at how the ergative changes. Noun ending in Ergative Ng or vowel -ku L, r, rr -u W, y, ny, yn -tju n -tu 4. Click on add to complete the student activity. seesaw In the activity, circle the matching ergative for each word. eg. crow-erg wakan-tu 5. Check your work before clicking check to submit your work for teacher feedback.

Teacher Notes (not visible to students)

Lesson prepared by Linda L'Green using source: A salvage grammar and wordlist of the language from the Hunter River and Lake Macquarie, Amanda Lissarrague. I would also like to acknowledge the past, present, and future Wonnarua people, Korreil Wonnai AECG - Cessnock & Kurri Kurri and Amanda Lissarrague for their support to return Australian Aboriginal Languages to our people.