Aboriginal Languages of Australia - Bayala Database - Layouts
Aboriginal Languages of Australia - Bayala Database - Layouts


There are some special layouts confined to the ALLSYD database. These include:



DATE layout

The purpose of this layout is to help identify when a record was made by William Dawes:
























Fig. 11.2.1 Extract from the ALLSYD: DATE layout where a date of entry is speculated upon


A search (command-F) was undertaken and an asterisk placed in the second-last blue field (date of entry after) field. Evidence in Dawes’s notebooks suggested that the entries were made after the dates appearing in that field. The next field contained dates that the entry seemed likely to have been made before. This enabled a date of entry (first broad, blue, column) to be guessed, and entered.


In the DIACRITICS layout, in the illustration below, a search was made in the central red column headed ‘cht i dot’. This brought up all instances in which Dawes used a lowercase ‘i’ including a dot (in contradistinction to an ‘i’ without a dot [ı]), the former signifying the sound as in ‘I, ivy, ire’ and the latter as in ‘in, it, ill’. This was one of the several special usages made use of by Dawes.













Fig. 11.2.2 ALLSYD: DIACRITICS layout: search for ‘cht i dot’


There are six narrow columns in this layout for Dawes’s various usages, and the codings are explained beside the appropriately coloured totals boxes at the bottom of the table. From these boxes it can be seen that there were 151 examples of ‘i dot’ in the Dawes material. Searches would have to be made on teach of the other five columns in turn to arrive at the total numbers for each.

 Dawes made use of three ‘phonological systems’ in transcribing the words he heard used by the local inhabitants. These systems have been numbered i, ii and iii, and the right-hand column shows which was used by Dawes for each of the records featured.


There are several other special-purpose ALLSYD layouts which were created to undertake various analytical roles, notably on pronouns, other parts of speech, and suffixes.