The Gunggari language is spoken in the Mitchell region of South-West Queensland and extends north to Morven and Mungallala, East towards Roma and South along the Maranoa River. Gunggari has also been written as Kunggari, Unggari,Coongurri, etc.
The following Gunggari language words are included on the Gambara Gamu Biyu body chart poster – use the language pen to hear and practise saying the words.
In pronouncing Aboriginal words, there are some sounds which are quite different to English and require practice.
'dh' is different to English - it is pronounced with the tongue at back of teeth.
'dj' is similar to English - it can be between ‘j’ and ‘ch’.
'ng' is one sound in Aboriginal languages and is different to the 'n' sound in English - it is closest to the 'ng' sound found in singer.
'nh' is different to English - it is pronounced with the tongue at back of teeth.
'ny' is one sound in Aboriginal languages and is different - it is closest to the 'n' sound found in onion.
'rr' is a rolled 'r' sound similar to a Scottish 'r'; at the end of a word it may sound like ‘d’.
Download the Gunggari language body chart (PDF 199.5 KB)
Learn more about Gunggari!
Listen to Aunty Irene Ryder’s story “The Emu went walking” as a virtual book: http://enc.slq.qld.gov.au/vbook/slq/emu-went-walking/index.htm
Yugambeh Museum, Language and Heritage Research Centre has online resources, including Gunggari wordlists: www.yugambeh.com/resources_language.php
To discover more about the Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander languages on the Body Chart, contact your local Library or Indigenous Knowledge Centre.
As well as local community Elders and Community Members, there is a local Aboriginal Community organisation working with language and cultural heritage in the Gunggari region, including school-based language programs:
- Gunggari Aboriginal Property Association Inc was formed to manage property granted to the Gunggari Aboriginal peoples by the State of Queensland in 2008. They support Gunggari cultural heritage activities across the region. PO Box 200, Mitchell 4465. e firstname.lastname@example.org w. www.gunggari.org.au
- St Patrick’s School, 100 Alice Street, Mitchell. Q. 4465. St Patrick’s operates a Gunggari Community Language Program in the school curriculum. t (07) 4623 1448. e: email@example.com Website: www.lifeisaboutlearning.com.au/schools/StPatricksMitchell
- Mitchell State School, 105 Cambridge Street, Mitchell. Q. 4655. Mitchell SS operates a Gunggari Community Language Program in the school curriculum. t (07) 4623 8888. e: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: https://mitchellss.eq.edu.au/Pages/default.aspx
Yugambeh Museum, Language and Heritage Research Centre serves as a Language Centre and supports community-based language activities across southern Queensland – specific language activities in Beenleigh, Beaudesert, Gold Coast, Stradbroke Island, Mitchell, Charleville and South-West Queensland.
- Yugambeh Museum, Language and Heritage Research Centre, Cnr Martens Street and Plantation Road, Beenleigh. Q. 4207. t: (07) 3807 6155 e: email@example.com
State Library of Queensland
For further information on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages at the State Library of Queensland, please contact:
kuril dhagun, State Library of Queensland
Stanley Place, South Brisbane Qld. 4101.
PO Box 3488, South Brisbane Qld. 4101
t: (07) 3842 9836 f: (07) 3842 9893
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