Nggerrikwidhi language

The Nggerikudi Language, also spelt Nggerrikwidhi, is spoken by the Yupungathi People on Western Cape York Peninsula. It is also recorded as Nggerigudi, Yupngayth, Yupangathi, Jupangati, etc.

The following Nggerikudi language words are included on the Gambara Gamu Biyu body chart poster – use the language pen to hear and practise saying the words.

Aboriginal sounds

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 Body Chart Nggerrikudi wordlist (PDF 158.7 KB)

English Nggerikudi
Arm d’aga
Belly ra
Body mboa
Chest oni
Chin engau
Ear wo'a
Elbow muto
Eyebrow b’ada
Eyes adae
Foot / toes goa
Finger / hand a
Forehead bai
Hair nga
Head troka
Leg tena
Lip enga
Liver koi-itichi
Shoulder daru
Skin kaie
Teeth / small bone abau
Tongue puduna

Learn more about Nggerikudi!

Read about some of the contact history of the Yupungathi people who were removed to Mapoon Aboriginal Mission, near Weipa. Mapoon Shire Council: www.mapoon.com/37.html

Community organisations

There may be local Aboriginal Community organisations that are working with Nggerrikwidhi language – contact the Indigenous Knowledge Centre (IKC) at Mapoon.

Indigenous Language Centre

Pama Language Centre has been established to support community language revival across Cape York; for more information visit their website: www.pamalanguagecentre.org.au

Further details

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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