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2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages: Word of the Week – Week Fifty-Two.

As part of State Library’s commitment to the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages, we have been 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 final ‘word of the week’ for the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages is … Read more

2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages: Word of the Week – Week Fifty-One.

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 puuya [pronounced boo-yah] from the Umpila language of Cape York. It means … Read more

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

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 … Read more

2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages: Word of the Week – Week Forty-Nine.

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 of the week is watyi [pronounced wah-chee] meaning ‘to speak’. It is from … Read more

2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages: Word of the Week – Week Forty-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 nhani [pronounced nah-nee] from the Garaynbal language of Central Queensland. It means … Read more

Spoken: Resource Lounge

One of the features of Spoken: celebrating Queensland languages is a Resource Lounge at the end of the exhibition space for visitors to explore the collections and languages in more depth. This space is a quiet area to reflect on the exhibition and the many stories of Queensland languages. Some of the significant items featured … Read more

Aboriginal Placenames of South-East Queensland.

Aboriginal placenames generate a lot of discussion regarding meanings, translations, etc. – in fact, over the course of the International Year of Indigenous Languages, State Library has received a steady flow of requests asking for meanings or origins of placenames across South-East Queensland. It should be acknowledged that the landscape of South-East Queensland had traditional … Read more

Journal of the HMS Endeavour, 1768-1771.

“Holograph journal, written entirely in James Cook’s hand, of the voyage of H.M.S. Endeavour during which Cook discovered eastern Australia and circumnavigated New Zealand.” This somewhat innocuous description understates the significance of one of the highlights of the Spoken exhibition. James Cook joined the Royal Navy in 1755 and steadily advanced through the ranks. In … Read more

2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages: Word of the Week – Week Forty-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 ngundindari [pronounced ngun-din-dah-ree with ‘ng’ one sound] from the Mithaka language of … Read more

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages Research Discovery Workshop: 17-21 February 2020.

The State Library of Queensland will be hosting their annual Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages Research Discovery Workshop at the State Library in Brisbane to coincide with the Minya Birran languages forum in February 2020. This workshop aims to enhance the research skills and knowledge of community language workers and support their ongoing language … Read more