Gunggay everyday words
Gunggay (aka Gunggandji & Koo-gun-ji) is a language group centred on the Yarrabah, Cape Grafton region of Far North Queensland. The area includes the Yarrabah Aboriginal community and surrounding areas.
The following word list identifies Gunggay everyday words – some of these words may still be used in Far North Queensland towns and communities.
Note: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages were oral-based; there may be several variations in spelling and/or pronunciation across the region due to dialectical differences. The following list should be seen as a guide - check with local language speakers as to the preferred local pronunciation.
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 as 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.
'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'.
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North Queensland Aboriginal Regional Aboriginal Corporation Language Centre (Cairns)
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