Indigenous Languages Research Discovery Workshop: 3-7 December 2018

Leang helping Joyce from Hervey Bay.

The State Library of Queensland will be hosting its annual Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages Research Workshop at the State Library in Brisbane during December 2018. This workshop aims to build upon and extend previous research workshops and enhance the research skills and knowledge of community language workers.

Meston Notebook 6 – Birds.

Participants in the workshop will undertake research activities at the State Library, but also explore other collections and discover new ideas and strategies for working with languages. As per previous years, the program will include guest speakers as well as site visits to local collections. A Draft program is outlined below.

  • Day One will set the scene for research but also allow participants to explore the State Library collections.
  • Day Two a site visit to University of Queensland, featuring an introduction to the Fryer Library and their collections as well as the Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language and their project activities related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.
  • Day Three will entail a visit to the Queensland State Archives at Runcorn and will provide participants with further information on available language resources. The afternoon session will be back at State Library for ongoing research.
  • Day Four is one of the many highlights of the week and is a trip to Yugambeh Museum, Language and Heritage Research Centre at Beenleigh to hear about their many activities around language and culture.
  • Day Five will provide opportunity for participants to consolidate their research activity and explore next steps on their language journeys. The workshop will wrap up with an open forum to share their research findings as well as reflect on future direction for their language revival as well as explore opportunities for the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages.

Roth – Guugu Yimidhirr numbers.

In addition to researching unique language materials, this will be an exciting opportunity to network and share ideas around language revival across Queensland.

Workshop Group at Yugambeh.

For further details including Expression of Interest and program details; contact Rose Warsow, Indigenous Languages Project Officer


References and Further Reading

Bell, J. (1994) Dictionary of the Gubbi-Gubbi and Butchulla languages, compiled with the assistance of Amanda Seed. G 499.15321 1994

Breen, J.G. (1990) Salvage Studies of Western Queensland Aboriginal Languages. J 499.15 bre

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 continentRBF 572.994 cur

Desert Channels Queensland (2013) Kalkadoon Pictorial DictionaryJUVQ 499.9915 KAL

Desert Channels Queensland (2013) Pitta Pitta Pictorial Dictionary.  JUVQ 499.9915 PIT

Dixon, R. M. W. (1991) Words of our country: stories, place names and vocabulary in Yidiny, the Aboriginal language of the Cairns-Yarrabah region. G 499.15 1991

Edwards, R. (Ed) (2001) Dictionary of Torres Strait languagesQ 499.1503 RAY

Eipper, C. (2007) German Mission to the Aborigines at Moreton Bay, 1841. Archive CD Books. QCFS 266.02343094 2007

Helon, G. (1994) The English-Goreng Goreng-English dictionary. G 499.15 1994

Harriet Barlow Manuscript ca. 1865. OM91-69

Lawrie, M. The Margaret Lawrie Collection of Torres Straits Materials. TR2082

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

Ridley, W. (1866) Kamilaroi, Dippil and Turrabul: languages spoken by Australian Aborigines. RBJ 499.15 rid

Roth, W. (1975) Reports to the Commissioner of Police and others, on Queensland Aboriginal peoples 1898-1903. (Microfilm) Material drawn from Queensland ethnography: bulletin, nos. 11-18 / by Walter E. Roth. FILM 0714

Sharpe, M. (2005) Grammar and texts of the Yugambeh-Bundjalung dialect chain in Eastern Australia. Q 499.15 sha

Shnukal, A. (1988) Broken, an introduction to the Creole language of Torres Strait.  J 427 shn

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