Yugambeh language

Yugambeh language

Infobox Language
region=Queensland, Australia
script=Latin alphabet

Yugambeh (many other names; see below) is an Australian aboriginal language spoken by the Yugambeh Bundjalung people living on the South-East Queensland coast between the Logan River and the Tweed River (including South Stradbroke Island). [ [http://www.yugambeh.com/ Yugambeh Museum web site introduction] (web site by the Kombumerri Aboriginal Corporation for Culture)]

Yugambeh is one of some dozen or two dozen dialects of the Bandjalang language. Among the differences in Yugambeh is that "yugambeh" (or "yugam") is the word for "no". The Yugambeh people use this to identify their language (those who say "yugambeh" for "no"). ["Macquarie Aboriginal Words", Macquarie University, 1994, paperback ISBN 0-949757-79-9, chapter 1]


Yugambeh may also be referred to as:
*Yugambal, Yugumbal, Yugambir, Yugabeh
*Jugumbir, Jukamba
*Manaldjali (probably from "Mununjali", the name of a family group speaking Yugambeh)
*Minjanbal (probably from "Minjungbal", the name of a family group speaking Yugambeh)
*Ngarrubul, Ngarrbal


Further reading

* "Dictionary of Yugambeh Including Neighbouring Dialects", compiled by Margaret Sharpe, Pacific Linguistics: Australian National University, 1998.

External links

* [http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=yub Ethnologue report for language code:yub]
* [http://www.slq.qld.gov.au/find/virtualbooks/aboriginal_and_torres_strait_islanders_books/borobi_and_his_friends Borobi and his friends] Virtual book read in Yugambeh language by Axel Best. From the State Library of Queensland virtual book collection.

* [http://linguistlist.org/issues/16/16-2752.html Linguist List (2005) Synopsis of "Grammar and Texts of the Yugambeh-Bundjalung Dialect Chain in Eastern Australia] Accessed 20 May 2008

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