Indigenous languages recorded as part of the Queensland Speech Survey

Flint, Elwyn Henry (2015): Indigenous languages recorded as part of the Queensland Speech Survey. The University of Queensland. Collection. doi:10.14264/uql.2015.467

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Project name ANDS UQ Major Open Data Collections
Project description
This ANDS-funded project was a collaboration between the UQ Library, staff from the UQ School of Languages and Cultures  (Ilana Mushin and Erich Round) and the State Library of Queensland. It included both funded and in-kind contributions from stakeholders.

It involved a number of stages:

1. To digitise reel-to-reel tape recordings of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages collected for the Queensland Speech Survey, which was conducted by Elwyn Henry Flint as part of his long-term linguistics research in the 1960s.

2. To translate the recordings of Aboriginal words, phrases and sentences into English and provide transcripts of those recordings.

3. To develop detailed annotations for each recording and link those annotations to the recordings.

4. To build a user-friendly digital platform to provide public access to, and search capabilities for the recordings and transcripts, and to support their discoverability by researchers and the public alike.

5. To consult with Indigenous communities and Indigenous Knowledge Networks around Queensland to develop guidelines and protocols about the publication and re-use of the material.

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.
Contact name Alvey, Elizabeth
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Creator name Flint, Elwyn Henry
Creator(s) role Chief Investigator
Dataset name Indigenous languages recorded as part of the Queensland Speech Survey
Dataset description
The datasets comprise speech recordings of between 15 and 20 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages spoken within 29 different indigenous communities in Queensland. Many of the languages are either no longer spoken, or are near to being no longer spoken, so these recordings comprise an important historical and linguistic record of Aboriginal speech and languages in Queensland.

The recordings are part of the wider Queensland Speech Survey conducted by Elwyn Henry Flint in the 1960s. The original recordings and other materials relating to the Queensland Speech Survey and the work of Elwyn Flint are housed in the Fryer Library ( The Flint recordings constitute the largest and broadest collection of languages spoken in Queensland in the 20th century.
Access conditions Open Access
Licencing and terms of access Creative Commons Attribution noncommercial no derivatives

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ANZSRC Field of Research (FoR) Code 420103 Aboriginal Languages
200406 Language in Time and Space (incl. Historical Linguistics, Dialectology)
2003 Language Studies
2004 Linguistics
DOI 10.14264/uql.2015.467
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Elwyn Flint Collection, UQFL 173 (
Type of data audio/wav, audio/mp
Language eng
Collection start date 1960-01-01
Collection end date 1966-01-01
Keyword Aboriginal Australians -- Languages
Queensland Speech Survey
Indigenous languages
English Language -- Dialects -- Australia
Comparative linguistics
Linguistics - Australia
Spoken word recordings
Geographic co-ordinates

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Project ID MODC23
Collection type Collection
Publisher The University of Queensland
Publication Year 2015
Copyright notice 2015, The University of Queensland

Document type: Data Collection
Collections: Fryer Library
Research Data Collections
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