As part of State Library’s commitment to the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages, we will be promoting a ‘word of the week’ from one of the 125+ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages and dialects from across Queensland.
With the onset of Spring, this week’s word of the week is djiwi [pronounced jee-wee] meaning ‘birds’. It is from the Duungidjawu language of South-East Queensland, which is centred on the Stanley and Brisbane River Catchments and takes in the localities of Moore, Kilcoy and Durundur. Duungidjawu is also spelt Djunggidjau, Dungidau, Djunggidjau and often categorised as a dialect of Waka Waka.
- Category: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages
- Thematic area: Promotion
- Call topics: Intergenerational transmission
- Major objective: Thematic areas: Promotion
- Area of intervention: Integration of indigenous languages into standard-setting