This collection comprises written documents and recordings collected by Elwyn Flint, mostly as part of his long term research project in the 1960s, known as the Queensland Speech Survey. The survey includes recordings of Indigenous Languages spoken by Aboriginal people all over the state and those spoken in the Torres Strait Islands. It remains the largest and broadest collection of languages spoken in Queensland in the 20th century.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander material and information accessed on this site may be culturally sensitive for some individuals and communities. The University of Queensland has approval from traditional owners and/or descendants of the people who participated in Elwyn Flint’s Queensland Speech Survey in the 1960s.
This project is supported by the Australian National Data Service (ANDS). ANDS is supported by the Australian Government through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy Program.
Researcher: And the stuff that you throw away. You know, you've thrown out - Participant: Yeah. Researcher: Vomit. Vomit. The stuff on the ground that you've, you know, you've - Participant: Yeah. Researcher: (Traditional Language), yeah. Participant: Yeah, (Traditional Language). Researcher: Same word, is it? Participant: Same word. Researcher: (Traditional Language), same word. Researcher: In Yiddinji, which they speak over in Cairns, the word is (Traditional Language). Participant: Ohh. Researcher: (Traditional Language). Nearly the same word. (Traditional Language). Participant: Yiddinji. Researcher: Yiddinji. Researcher: Yeah. Participant: What's that? Researcher: Yiddinji. Participant: What you said? Researcher: In the Yiddinji language, which they speak over at Yarrabah. Participant: Oh yeah. Researcher: The word for vomit is (Traditional Language). Participant: Oh yeah. Researcher: It's nearly the same as that, (Traditional Language). Yeah. Participant: Yeah (unclear). Researcher: Yeah Participant: All us was the same - Participant: (unclear) gone from there. Researcher: Yes. Participant: The same language. Researcher: Yes, must be. Researcher: Must be.