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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

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

New version of Yugambeh Language App!

Yugambeh App logo [Yugambeh Museum website]

Just in time for NAIDOC 2016, Yugambeh Museum, Language and Heritage Research Centre has launched the latest version of their language app which features seven (7) Queensland Aboriginal languages as well as ‘how to say g’day’ in 50+ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages. In April 2014, the Yugambeh Museum, Language and Heritage Research Centre at Beenleigh … Read more

Indigenous Languages Research Discovery Workshop, 7-10 December 2015.

Nga-chan-ji Tribe, Roth (1901).

Final preparations are underway for the State Library’s annual Indigenous Languages Research Discovery Workshop to be held in December. This research event is aimed at language workers and community members who are currently working/have an interest in traditional languages and supporting language revival programs in communities. It allows language workers and community members to explore the collections … Read more

Indigenous Language maps

South-east Queensland, Watson Papers OM73-20.

A common query at the State Library relates to language areas or locations of where Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages were traditionally spoken. Within the collections,  State Library holds a range of cartographic resources such as tribal or language maps that are valuable sources for researchers interested in the Indigenous cultural heritage of Queensland. … 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