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

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 koowookara [pronounced koo-woo-kah-ra], from the Biyay language of North Queensland, particularly the region … Read more

Indigenous Number Systems

Numbers in Indigenous languages was something that was generally collected by linguists, anthropologists and others with an interest in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. The perception was that Indigenous counting systems were fairly simple and consisted of “one, two, three, four, five, mobs” or as in the image above ‘many’. As recent as 1981, … Read more