International Mother Language Day: 21 February 2018

Wednesday 21 February marks International Mother Language Day – a day set aside by the United Nations to raise awareness of the loss of Indigenous languages across the world. The United Nations  website highlights some sobering statistics about the current state of traditional indigenous languages. More than 50 per cent of the approximately 7,000 languages spoken … Read more

Kuril

Local Brisbane historian Dr Ray Kerkhove has brought to my attention the uncertainty around the meaning of the word ‘kuril’. The popular or commonly accepted meaning is that of the white-tailed water rat; hence Kurilpa = place of the white-tailed water rat. Kurilpa Point and the Kurilpa bridge also bears the name as well as … Read more

More greetings in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages

Following on from the original “Say G’day” initiative, State Library has compiled additional words for greetings, ‘good day’, etc. for use in local communities. The 2017 NAIDOC Theme of ‘Our Languages Matter’ created a lot of interest in Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.  From an initial list of 25, State Library has over … Read more

Wordlists from Commonwealth Games venues

State Library of Queensland has been compiling a number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language wordlists from historical items in the collections and making these available to communities and language workers via the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages webpages. The State Library of Queensland acknowledges that the language heritage and knowledge of these wordlists … Read more

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages Research Discovery Workshop [4-7 December 2017]

The State Library of Queensland (SLQ) will be hosting an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages Research Workshop at the State Library in Brisbane from 4-7 December 2017. This workshop aims to build upon and extend previous research workshops and enhance the research skills and knowledge of community language workers.  This event is aimed at language … Read more

Aurukun Workshop 21-23 March 2017

This community language workshop was held in partnership with Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity (RNLD) and the Pama Language Centre (PLC). Participants were taken through some of the modules available under the Documenting and Revitalizing Indigenous Languages (DRIL) program which aims to enhance community skills to revive traditional languages. On arriving in Aurukun we received … Read more

Indigenous Language Research and Training Opportunities 2017

State Library will once again offer a range of training and research opportunities for community language workers during the first half of 2017. These opportunities enable community members to access some of the language materials to be found in State Library collections. State Library/Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity Training Workshops (March-April 2017) Due to the … Read more

NAIDOC Week 2017: Our Languages Matter

The recent announcement of the 2017 NAIDOC Week theme has generated interest in schools and communities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages. NAIDOC Week provides schools, community organisations, libraries and individuals with an opportunity to celebrate the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. This year’s NAIDOC Week theme highlights the importance of … Read more