Sunny Murri Christmas

State Library’s kuril dhagun will again be celebrating Murri Christmas. The following list identifies words from the main South East Queensland Aboriginal languages for ‘sun’, ‘sand’ and water’ – three things associated with Christmas in Queensland.

Note: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages were oral-based; there may be several variations in spelling and pronunciation. The following list should be seen as a guide – check with local language speakers as to the preferred local pronunciation.

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 as back of teeth.

'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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LanguageSunSandWater

Duungidjawu

[Samford Valley-Woodford-Kilcoy]

Nguwim

[pron. new-im]

Yurumbar

[pron. you-rum-bah]

Goong

[pron. Guung]

Jagera

[Lockyer & Brisbane Valleys]

Bigi

[pron. big-ee]

Yarung

[pron. yah-run]

Tabbil

[pron. tub-bill]

Jandai / Jandewal

[Stradbroke Island]

Bigi

[pron big-ee]

Yarrong

[pron. yah-ron]

Tabbil

[pron. tub-bill]

Kabi Kabi

[Sunshine Coast]

Bigi

[pron. big-ee]

Yarung

[pron. yah-rung]

Kung

[pron. koong]

Mununjali

[Beaudesert]

Djalngan

[pron. jahl-ngun]

Yarung

[pron. yah-rung]

Tabbil

[pron. tub-bill]

Turubul

[Brisbane North]

Bigi

[pron. big-ee]

Yarung

[pron. yah-rung]

Tabbil

[pron. tub-bill]

Waka Waka

[Burnett Region]

Jigam

[pron. jig-um]

Yurumbar

[pron. you-rum-bah]

Goong

[pron. Guung]

Yugambeh

[Logan-Gold Coast]

Nyunga

[pron. noon-ah]

Yarong

[pron. yah-roong]

Gwong

[pron. gwong]

Yugara

[Brisbane-Ipswich]

Bigi

[pron big-ee]

Yarung

[pron. yah-rung]

Tabbil

[pron. tub-bill]

Yugarabul

[Boonah District]

Nunka

[pron. noon-kah]

Yarung

[pron. yah-rung]

Tabbil

[pron. tub-bill]

Language App

Yugambeh Museum, Language and Heritage Research Centre has developed a Language App that features everyday words of several Aboriginal languages from South-East Queensland; free download for your computer Android or iPhone/iPad: www.yugambeh.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.
Telephone: (07) 3842 9836            
Fax: (07) 3842 9893

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