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2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages: Word of the Week – Week Eleven.

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. This week’s word is aigi [pronounced eye-gi], from the Gudang language of Eastern Cape York, particularly the … Read more

International Mother Language Day, 21 February 2019.

Thursday 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. Since 2000, International Mother Language Day highlights key issues for traditional languages – the 2019 theme is “Indigenous languages matter for development, peace building and reconciliation”. The theme is … Read more

2019 INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES ‘WORD OF THE WEEK’: WEEK EIGHT.

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. This week’s word is yanga [pronounced young-ah] from the Baradha language of Central Queensland, extending from Lotus … Read more

2019 INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES ‘WORD OF THE WEEK’: WEEK SEVEN.

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. This week’s word is wairra [pronounced way-rah with rolled ‘r’] from the Kalkatungu / Kalkadoon language … Read more

2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages ‘Word of the Week’: Week Two.

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 Two is warup which is from the Torres Strait … Read more

Language Research Workshop 2018

The languages research workshop was a great way to end the year. We had participants from all around Queensland including a linguistic student from Griffith University. Some of the communities represented were Gayndah; Eidsvold; Cairns; Cherbourg; Hope Vale; Mackay; Aurukun; Barcaldine; Tambo; Winton[Diamantina]; Mt Isa and Brisbane. A quick look at the week: Day one … Read more

NPA Indigenous Languages Workshops

State Library partnered with Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity (RNLD), to host Indigenous Language Workshops in the Northern Peninsula Area communities of New Mapoon and Umagico. The languages in the communities include languages from the Torres Strait Islands, Cape York and various Creoles and Aboriginal Englishes reflecting the original communities from which people were moved … Read more

International Year of Indigenous Languages 2019

On 21 October 2016, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Resolution A/RES/71/178 on “Rights of Indigenous peoples” proclaiming 2019 the International Year of Indigenous Languages. UNESCO will serve as the lead organization for the International Year of Indigenous Languages beginning on 1st January 2019. Within Australia the Australian Government Department of Communication and the … Read more

Indigenous Languages Residency – 2018

This is the sixth year [2018] that State Library of Queensland has hosted a Language Residency with 18 past participants researching 20+ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages. Outcomes from recent residencies have been documented and shared on their return to community. Residents undertake research into their nominated language(s) using materials in State Library’s collections. … Read more

Indigenous Languages Forum – Rockhampton

Three kuril dhagun staff headed to Rockhampton last month for the Binbi Wadyabay: Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages Forum to present and attend as delegates. Under the theme of binbi wadyabay (good talking), attendees from across Queensland discussed the formation of a Queensland Government languages policy. The two-day program included a Kalaw Kawaw … Read more