A Miriwoong Lexicon for All
In 2012, the Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs tabled the report entitled “Our Land, Our Languages“. A key finding from this report was that language is inseparable from culture, kinship, land and family and is the foundation upon which the capacity to learn, interact and to shape identity is built. Through the publication of ‘Miriwoong Woorlang Yawoorroonga-woorr’, or ‘a Miriwoong Lexicon for All’, MDWg is continuing to revitalise and provide the community with much-needed access to the Miriwoong language.
“Our Miriwoong identity is similar to a flower—the seed stems out of the country & grows through our language and culture. If our language is lost then that seed cannot grow and we as Miriwoong people won’t know who we really are.”
David Newry, Founding Member of MDWg
After years of research, documentation and consultation with Elders, 1400 words have been verified to publish “Miriwoong Woorlang Yawoorroonga-woorr” the first ever public dictionary in Miriwoong language.
Detailing Miriwoong to English and English to Miriwoong, this dictionary was compiled to be used as a tool not only to strengthen the Miriwoong language by increasing its use among its speakers but for people that work, live or interact with the Miriwoong population.
The dictionary is one of many resources published by MDWg to assist in the revitalisation of the Miriwoong language that will ensure that the Miriwoong community’s sense of identity and pride in culture is not lost. Language Workers at MDWg work tirelessly to teach Miriwoong, to record radio programs in the Miriwoong language and to publish bilingual audio-books that allow the community to reconnect with their language and culture.
Miriwoong Woorlang Yawoorronga-woor (pictured below) is now available for $12. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to purchase a copy. All funds raised will be used to continue to deliver programs designed to revitalise, preserve and document the Miriwoong language.