Miegunyah: from bark huts to grand houses and a Fiji cane farm

Jan Tent*, Paul Geraghty

*Corresponding author for this work

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Indigenous loanwords comprise an important component of the lexicons of the Englishes of former British colonies. Often these words are used as placenames, which are in turn transported across the country with little knowledge of their origin or meaning. In this article we trace the adoption of gunyah into Australian English, and its use in the house name and toponym Miegunyah/Meigunyah/Mygunyah, extending to a sugarcane plantation near Nadi, on Vitilevu, Fiji.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)428-443
Number of pages16
JournalAustralian Journal of Linguistics
Issue number4
Early online date25 Nov 2020
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Gunyah
  • house name
  • loanwords
  • Nadi plantation name
  • toponym


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