Brisbane animal words
There are several neighbouring languages and dialects in the greater Brisbane area; these were closely related with many shared words. As Aboriginal languages are oral languages that have only been written since European settlement, there may be variations in spelling and/or pronunciation. There are also variations with words across the region due to dialectical differences.
Yugara is the name of one of the languages spoken in the Brisbane area west to Ipswich and the Lockyer Valley.
Turubul is the name of one of the languages or dialects spoken in the Brisbane area north to the Sunshine Coast.
Yugambeh is the name of one of the languages spoken between the Logan and Tweed Rivers and west to Beaudesert and Rathdowney.
Yugarabul is the name of one of the languages spoken in the Brisbane area south west towards Ipswich and Boonah.
Some of these words may still be used in south east Queensland communities; check with your local community for pronunciation and for other local language 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 the back of the 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 the back of the teeth.
'ny' is one sound in Aboriginal languages - 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 Brisbane animal words (PDF 234.3 KB)
|English||Yugara||Yugarabul||Yugambeh||Turubul||Bird (Generic, any bird)||Juwanbin||Juwahnduwan||Noangbil||Juwahnduwan|
|Fish (Generic, any fish)||Jawan||Guyurr||Jalumm||Kuyur|
For more information on Brisbane languages:
Yugambeh Museum, Language and Heritage Research Centre serves as the regional Indigenous Language Centre for southern Queensland; visit Yugambeh Museum’s website: www.yugambeh.com.
State Library of Queensland
For further information on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages at 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
State Library Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages Blog: http://blogs.slq.qld.gov.au/ilq/