Paredarerme language

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Oyster Bay
Regioncentral and central-eastern Tasmania
EthnicityOyster Bay and Big River tribes of Tasmanians
Extinct19th century
Eastern Tasmanian
  • Oyster Bay languages
    • Paredarerme
Language codes
ISO 639-3xpd
oyst1235  (Oyster Bay + Little Swanport)
AIATSIS[2]T2 Oyster Bay, T8 Big River

Paredarerme or Oyster Bay Tasmanian is an aboriginal language of Tasmania in the reconstruction of Claire Bowern.[3] It was spoken along the central eastern coast of the island by the Oyster Bay tribe, and in the interior by the Big River tribe. Records of the Big River dialect, Lairmairrener ("Lemerina"), indicate that it was no more distinct than the vocabularies collected along the coast around Oyster Bay; indeed, Little Swanport appears to have been a separate language.

Big River Tasmanian is attested in a list of 268 words collected by George Augustus Robinson. Coastal vocabularies include the Oyster Bay list of Robinson (357 words), and a second collected by Joseph Milligan of 1,040 words published in 1857 and 1859. The last is the longest vocabulary of any variety of Tasmanian.[4]


  1. ^ Walsh, Michael; Yallop, Colin (1993). Language and Culture in Aboriginal Australia. ISBN 9780855752415.
  2. ^ T2 Oyster Bay at the Australian Indigenous Languages Database, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies  (see the info box for additional links)
  3. ^ Claire Bowern, September 2012, "The riddle of Tasmanian languages", Proc. R. Soc. B, 279, 4590–4595, doi: 10.1098/rspb.2012.1842
  4. ^ Bowern (2012), supplement