2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages “Word of the Week”: Week One.

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.

State Library’s IYIL 2019 Word of the Week: Week 1.

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’.

Gamilaraay, Yuwaalaraay, Yuwaalayaay Dictionary. J499.1503 GAM

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.

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.

Join the conversation as we post a new word for each week!

Week One 1-7 January 2019.

#slqIYIL #IYIL2019 #IYIL #IY2019WordoftheWeek #SLQIndigenousLanguages

Desmond Crump

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

Jarjum stories: A kuril dhagun showcase focusing on children’s books and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages. Opens 19 October 2019.

Spoken: celebrating Queensland languages: A major exhibition exploring the survival and revival of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages throughout Queensland. Join in the many talks and events to celebrate the rich and diverse languages spoken today. Opens 21 November 2019.

UN IY2019 Links

UN International Year of Indigenous Languages webpages

UN International Year of Indigenous Languages Resources

References 

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

Further Reading

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