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 ‘word of the week’ for Week Fifty is guugu [pronounced goo-goo], from the Guugu Yimithirr language of Hope Vale and surrounding region. It means ‘language, speech, talk’ and celebrates the oral nature of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.
Hope Vale Community is actively using Guugu Yimithirr across the community in the IKC, school and even on SMS! Guugu Yimithirr is one of the languages featured in the current State Library’s IYIL2019 Exhibitions.
The story of Guugu Yimithirr language is part of the Spoken exhibition and features the language journeys of community members such as Harold Ludwick (above).
The work of the school and Pama Language Centre is showcased in the Jarjum Stories exhibition which celebrates the use of language in children’s books and storytelling.
Join the conversation as we post a new word for each week!
Week Fifty 10-16 December 2019.
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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. 19 October 2019-10 May 2020.
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. 21 November 2019 -19 April 2020.
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 item in the State Library collections.
Source: Haviland, J. (1979) ‘Guugu Yimidhirr’, in Handbook of Australian languages. Vol 1. J 499.15 HAN
Other materials in the State Library collections relating to Guugu Yimithirr include the following:
Bowen, L. and Calley, K. (2016) Gudaa bula dyugi-dyugi = The dog and the chook. JUV 499.15 BOW
De Zwaan, J. (1969) A preliminary analysis of Gogo-Yimidjir: a study of the structure of the primary dialect of the Aboriginal language spoken at the Hopevale Mission in North Queensland. Q499.15 dez
Gordon, T. and Haviland, J. (1980) Milbi: Aboriginal tales from Queensland’s Endeavour River. JUVQ 398.20994 GOR
Hope Vale Community Learning Centre (2006) Mangal-bungal: Clever with hands, baskets and stories woven by some of the women of Hopevale, Cape York Peninsula. P920.72 MAN
Koko Yalanji and Koko Yimidir people – spoken word Bible lessons. QKIT 781.629915 KOK
Roth, W. E. (1898-1903) “Reports to the Commissioner of Police and others, on Queensland aboriginal peoples 1898-1903.” FILM 0714
State Library of Queensland Indigenous Languages Project – Eric Deeral Digital Story
Sutton, P. (ed) (1974) Languages of Cape York: papers presented to the Linguistic Symposium, Part B, held in conjunction with the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies Biennial General Meeting, May 1974. Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies: Canberra. G 499.15 1976