International Mother Language Day: 21 February 2018

Wednesday 21 February marks International Mother Language Day – a day set aside by the United Nations to raise awareness of the loss of Indigenous languages across the world. The United Nations  website highlights some sobering statistics about the current state of traditional indigenous languages. More than 50 per cent of the approximately 7,000 languages spoken … Read more

Kuril

Local Brisbane historian Dr Ray Kerkhove has brought to my attention the uncertainty around the meaning of the word ‘kuril’. The popular or commonly accepted meaning is that of the white-tailed water rat; hence Kurilpa = place of the white-tailed water rat. Kurilpa Point and the Kurilpa bridge also bears the name as well as … Read more

Language Research Discovery Workshop 2017

Language Research Discovery Workshop 2017 The week started with participants from all around Queensland gathering at South Bank for the annual Language Research Discovery workshop. We welcomed people from Cairns, Yarrabah, Mackay Woorabinda, Gayndah Sunshine Coast and Brisbane. The aim of the workshop is to build upon and extend previous research workshops and enhance the … Read more

More greetings in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages

Following on from the original “Say G’day” initiative, State Library has compiled additional words for greetings, ‘good day’, etc. for use in local communities. The 2017 NAIDOC Theme of ‘Our Languages Matter’ created a lot of interest in Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.  From an initial list of 25, State Library has over … Read more

Wordlists from Commonwealth Games venues

State Library of Queensland has been compiling a number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language wordlists from historical items in the collections and making these available to communities and language workers via the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages webpages. The State Library of Queensland acknowledges that the language heritage and knowledge of these wordlists … Read more

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages Research Discovery Workshop [4-7 December 2017]

The State Library of Queensland (SLQ) will be hosting an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages Research Workshop at the State Library in Brisbane from 4-7 December 2017. This workshop aims to build upon and extend previous research workshops and enhance the research skills and knowledge of community language workers.  This event is aimed at language … Read more

Mackay – Indigenous Languages Recording Workshop

The recent workshop was the next step in the Mackay region language revival journey. Since the first Information gathering workshop in 2015 Mackay Regional Council Libraries, Norell Binsiar, State Library and members of the Yuwibara people have been busy compiling a dictionary using the Miromaa Language Software program. The outcome of the latest workshop is … Read more

Mackay Language Recording Workshop [11-13 September 2017]

As part of our ongoing work with the Mackay community and the revival of Yuwibara language, State Library is partnering with Mackay Regional Libraries and North Queensland Regional Aboriginal Corporation Language Centre to deliver a language workshop in September. George Bridgeman was the Superintendent of the Baker’s Creek Aboriginal Mission established in the 1870’s and … Read more