Announcing the "Language of the Week"!

As a follow on from the International Year of Indigenous Languages, this will be a regular blog post called 'language of the week'!

The idea is to showcase one of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages from across Queensland, following an A-Z approach that provides a snapshot of the language and what resources are available in the State Library collections as well as within the language community.

Each week the post will identify where the language is spoken, the strength and nature of the language as well as highlight community language activity including the work of the regional Indigenous Language Centre for that area.

Content will be drawn from a range of sources such as the State Library's interactive languages map, collections, AUSTLANG, Indigenous Language Centres, IKCs and community groups who are working with languages. State Library would also like to encourage guest bloggers to contribute and write posts for the series which will extend over 2020.

Wordle featuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages of Queensland.

The Spoken exhibition featured 55 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages and dialects; this series will shine a light on some of not so well-known languages not to mention obscure items within the State Library collections. State Library encourages you to join our journey through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages of Queensland and we welcome your input or contribution to add to our knowledge.

Proposed schedule for the first round of A-Z languages

  • 1  [1 June]  Abodja
  • 2  [8 June]  Birria     
  • 3  [15 June] Dallebarra          
  • 4  [22 June] Gayiri   
  • 5  [29 June] Iningai  
  • 6  [6 July]  Jarowair              
  • 7  [13 July] Kayardild            
  • 8  [20 July] Lamalama           
  • 9  [27 July] Mabuiag             
  • 10  [3 August] Ndorndorin       
  • 11  [10 August] Oykangand        
  • 12  [17 August] Pitta Pitta           
  • 13  [24 August] Saibai   
  • 14  [31 August] Teppathiggi       
  • 15  [7 September] Umpila 
  • 16  [14 September] Wapabara          
  • 17  [21 September] Yukulta

If you would like to contribute or be a guest blogger, please contact Rose Warsow, Indigenous Languages Project Support Officer

Starting next week [1 June 2020], the first post will feature Abodja as the language of the week!


Desmond Crump

Indigenous Languages Coordinator, State Library of Queensland

State Library of Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages Webpages

State Library of Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages Map


Spoken: Celebrating Queensland languages exhibition

Spoken Virtual Tour

Jarjum Stories exhibition

Minya Birran: What next for Indigenous Languages?


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