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: A spindle. Researcher: A spindle is something that turns, you see, this thing on here is a spindle, the thing turns that. Researcher: Thing that turns on, like that, a spindle, do you know a word for that? Any word? Participant: We don't have a word. Researcher: No word. Participant: (unclear) Researcher: Just, just tell me if there isn't a word, because there mightn't be a word in your language. Participant: No, there's no word. Participant: We don't have a name for that. Researcher: No, a spindle.