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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Key concepts from Yolngu life
    • Yolngu kinship
    • Pronunciation of Yolngu languages
    • Spelling Yolngu languages
    • Yolngu towns and homelands
    • Other topics include: Yolngu ancestors, crafts, foods, housing, Macassans, missionaries,
    • Every week students will be expected to learn new vocabulary
  • Study resources
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links
      • Printable format materials
      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Online Assessment

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. describe aspects of Yolngu people life, their languages and history
  2. develop a beginning understanding of key concepts of Yolngu life
  3. develop a basic understanding of the Yolngu and gurrutu (kinship) systems
  4. develop a basic knowledge of the sounds, spelling and pronunciation of the Yolngu languages
  5. develop a basic understanding of grammar.
  • Assignment 1 - Assignment 2 (10%)
  • Assignment 2 - Assignment 1 (10%)
  • Assignment 3 - Assignment 4 (30%)
  • Assignment 4 - Assignment 3 (20%)
  • Assignment 5 - Assignment 5 (30%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

The subject is designed to give an introduction to the life and language of Yolngu people in Northeast Arnhemland. The degree concentrates on Yolngu Matha (Yolngu language) forms of Dhuwala and focuses on the everyday community version of the language. A basic grounding in the sounds of the languages, the grammar, and a basic vocabulary will give grounding for the learning of other Yolngu languages. Moiety systems, various aspects of kinship, Yolngu life, creation stories, songs, art and ceremonies, and how these relate together, will be presented.