As part of State Library’s commitment to the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages, we will be promoting a ‘word of the week’ from one of the 125+ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages and dialects from across Queensland.
To start off the year, State Library’s Word of the Week is yulugi [pronounced yoo-loo-gi] which is from the Gamilaraay language of South-Western Queensland and North-West New South Wales; it means ‘will celebrate / to celebrate’. It also means ‘to dance’ or ‘to play’.
State Library of Queensland invites you to celebrate the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages as we raise awareness of the rich diversity of Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.
Join the conversation as we post a new word for each week!
IKCs, Public Libraries, Indigenous Language Centres and community groups are invited to nominate a word for each week and provide details on the language, origin and meaning as well as pronunciation.
Indigenous Languages Coordinator, State Library of Queensland
State Library of Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages Webpages
State Library of Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages Map
UN IY2019 Links
UN International Year of Indigenous Languages webpages
UN International Year of Indigenous Languages Resources
The Word of the Week has been sourced from the following reference in the State Library collections.
Ash, A., Giacon, J. and Lissarrague, A. (2003) Gamilaraay, Yuwaalaraay, Yuwaalayaay Dictionary. J 499.1503 GAM
Other materials relating to Gamilaraay and connected languages of Yuwaalaraay and Yuwaalayaay include the following:
Barlow, H. (1865) Harriet Barlow Manuscript. Provides the basis for her work “Aboriginal Vocabularies of Queensland”. OM91-69.
Giacon, J. (1999) Yuwaalaraay/Gamilaraay Wordlist. P 499.1503 yuw
Giacon, J. and Sim, I. (1998) Yuwaalayaay, the language of the Narran River. P 499.15 yuw
Holmer, N. (1983) Linguistic Survey of South-Eastern Queensland. Canberra: Australian National University. J 499.15 HOL
Ridley, W. (1875) 2nd edn, Kamilaroi and other Australian Languages. Q 499.15 rid
Wafer, J. and Lissarrague, A. (2008) A handbook of Aboriginal languages of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. J 499.15 WAF