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2019 INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES ‘WORD OF THE WEEK’: WEEK 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 is woongarra [pronounced one-garra], from the Taribelang language of Bundaberg. This word was nominated by … 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 Four.

WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are warned that the following post contains images and reference to a deceased person. 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 … Read more

Happy 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages!

Happy New Year! 2019 will be an exciting year that celebrates the International Year of Indigenous Languages. As announced by the United Nations, the overarching theme is Indigenous languages matter for development, peace building and reconciliation. UNESCO emphasises that “languages play a crucial role in the daily lives of people, not only in education, communication, social … 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

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

Cape York – Indigenous Languages Workshops

State Library of Queensland partnered with Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity (RNLD), Pama Language Centre and North Qld. Regional Aboriginal Corporation Language Centre to host Indigenous Languages Workshops at the Hope Vale IKC and Mossman State School. Workshops were tailored to meet the community needs and to help them reach their language goals through the DRIL Program. … Read more