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2019 INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES ‘WORD OF THE WEEK’: WEEK TWENTY-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. State Library’s ‘word of the week’ for Week Twenty-Eight is gijar [pronounced gee-jar], from the Yidinji … Read more

More greetings in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages

Following on from the original “Say G’day” initiative, State Library has compiled additional words for greetings, ‘good day’, etc. for use in local communities. The 2017 NAIDOC Theme of ‘Our Languages Matter’ created a lot of interest in Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.  From an initial list of 25, State Library has over … Read more

Wordlists from Commonwealth Games venues

State Library of Queensland has been compiling a number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language wordlists from historical items in the collections and making these available to communities and language workers via the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages webpages. The State Library of Queensland acknowledges that the language heritage and knowledge of these wordlists … Read more

Indigenous Languages Residency 2017

Indigenous Languages Residency 2017 The Indigenous Languages Residency is aimed at language workers and community members who are currently working and/or researching Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages and supporting language revival programs in communities. Participants of the 2017 IL Residency came from Yarrabah, Cairns, Northern Peninsula Area and the Torres Straits and are working on a … Read more

Cairns Language Workshop [22-23 April]

Words of our country, Dixon (1991).

As part of its’ Indigenous Languages Strategy, the State Library will be co-hosting an Indigenous Languages Workshop in Cairns from 22-23 April.  This workshop will be a great opportunity to explore the languages and dialects of the region, including Yidinj, Djirbal, Djabugay, Yalanji and related dialects. Within the Cairns Region, there were four main language groups with … Read more