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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Yolngu towns and homelands
    • Yolngu bush foods
    • Yolngu kinship
    • Basket and fire making
    • Yolngu and missionaries
    • Yolngu ancestors
    • Gupapuyngu grammar of will be covered sequentially throughout the semester
  • Study resources
    • Online Materials
      • Printable format materials
      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Online Assessment

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

  1. develop a working basic understanding of the key concepts of Yolngu life
  2. develop a working understanding of the Yolngu mälk and gurrutu (kinship) systems
  3. develop a working knowledge of the sounds, spelling and pronunciation of the Yolngu languages
  4. develop a working knowledge of Yolngu grammar, and ability to use 'Grammar Lessons in Gupapuyngu' as a reference tool.
  • Assignment 1 - Assignment 2 (20%)
  • Assignment 2 - Assignment 1 (20%)
  • Assignment 3 - Assignment 3 (20%)
  • Assignment 4 - Assignment 5 (20%)
  • Assignment 5 - Assignment 4 (20%)

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

Entry Requirements

You are recommended to have completed the following subjects(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject is an extension of ABY11 but with a focus on Gupapuyngu, a Dhuwala language. Students will continue to develop oral fluency in the language as well as develop research interest in a Yolngu language. The presentation of Yolngu life and language will not be in a purely anthropological or linguistic form, as this approach does not do justice to the Yolngu world of experience.