New version of Yugambeh Language App!

Yugambeh App logo [Yugambeh Museum website]

Yugambeh App logo [Yugambeh Museum website]

Just in time for NAIDOC 2016, Yugambeh Museum, Language and Heritage Research Centre has launched the latest version of their language app which features seven (7) Queensland Aboriginal languages as well as ‘how to say g’day’ in 50+ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.

Bulumm (John Allen) [From Yugambeh Museum website]

Bulumm (John Allen) [From Yugambeh Museum website]

In April 2014, the Yugambeh Museum, Language and Heritage Research Centre at Beenleigh made history when it launched the first App for a Queensland Indigenous language. The language App featured approximately 1,000 words and phrases collected from John Allen (Bulumm), a Yugambeh man who lived and worked in the Tamborine-Canungra region. Bulumm recorded his Wangerriburra dialect with John Lane, a local school principal. This was originally published in the 1913 Queensland Government Protector of Aborigines Report and formed the basis for the The language of the Wangerriburra and neighbouring groups in the Yugambeh region. 

Yugambeh App Languages [from Yugambeh Museum website]

Yugambeh App Languages [from Yugambeh Museum website]

The latest version features new languages including Kabi Kabi (Sunshine Coast); Wakka Wakka (Burnett); Yugarabul (Brisbane Region); Jandai (Stradbroke Island); Gunggari (Mitchell/South-West Queensland); and Gudang (Cape York) as well as the existing Yugambeh language of Beenleigh/Logan.  The wordlists were drawn from a number of historical sources, including Watson’s Vocabularies of four representative tribes of South-East Queensland as well as the  1852 Narrative of the Voyage of the HMS Rattlesnake.

HMS Rattlesnake - comparative wordlist (1852).

HMS Rattlesnake – comparative wordlist (1852).

The ‘Say G’day’ wordlist features 80 greetings in over 50 different Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages from across Queensland and is drawn from the State Library of Queensland’s wordlists compiled from collection items. This particular list was first compiled for NAIDOC 2014 and featured about 20 languages; however it proved very popular and has been continually expanded in line with community interest.

Yugambeh language App word list.

Yugambeh language App word list.

The Yugambeh Language App is a free download and is available for stand-alone computers as well as Android/IOS.

Language App for PC: http://thedrumleywalk.com/app/_html/#/
Android also available through Google Play https://play.google.com/store/search?q=yugambeh
IOS is available for iPads/iPhones on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/yugambeh-app/id1121672412?mt=8

App Screenshots [from iTunes Website]

App Screenshots [from iTunes Website]

This will be a great learning tool to support communities, schools and libraries in language revival activities as well as encouraging everyone to ‘Say g’day’ in an Indigenous language this NAIDOC Week!

Desmond Crump

Indigenous Languages Coordinator, Queensland Memory.

SLQ Indigenous Languages webpages

References and Further Reading

Allan, J. and Lane, J. (2001) The language of the Wangerriburra and neighbouring groups in the Yugambeh region. Kombumerri Aboriginal Corporation for Culture: Beenleigh. P 499.15 all

Barlow, H. (1865) Harriet Barlow Manuscript. Provides the basis for her work “Aboriginal Vocabularies of Queensland”. OM91-69

Curr, E. M. (1887) The Australian Race: its origins, languages, customs, place of landing in Australia and the routes by which it spread itself over that continent. John Ferres Government Printer: Melbourne. RBF 572.994 cur

Holmer, N. (1983) Linguistic Survey of South-Eastern Queensland. Australian National University: Canberra. J 499.15 HOL

MacGillivray, J. (1967) Narrative of the voyage of H.M.S. Rattlesnake… [Facsimile Edition] J 919.04 M’GI 

Meston, A. (undated) Archibald Meston Papers Undated. OM64-17

Minjerribah Moorgumpin Elders-in-Council Aboriginal Corporation (2011) Jandai language dictionary: a dictionary of language spoken on Stradbroke and Moreton Islands based on words remembered by all Elders and recorded by interested visitors to our shores. HKT 499.153 JAN

Watson, F. J. (1944) “Vocabularies of four representative tribes of South Eastern Queensland”; supplement to the Journal of the Royal Geographical Society of Australasia (Queensland), No. 34, Vol XLVIII. REFJ 499.15 wat