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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. To coincide with Cameron Costello speaking as part of the Game Changers series, Week 17’s word … 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

Researching Indigenous Languages

Recently, the State Library held an Indigenous Languages Research Discovery Workshop allowing community language workers from across Queensland to access the State Library collections. This is an annual event which supports the ongoing documentation and preservation of Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages. We hosted 22 language workers from the NPA to South-East 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