Yugambeh dialect

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from Yugambeh language)
Jump to: navigation, search
Not to be confused with Yugambal language.
Region Queensland, Australia
Ethnicity Bundjalung people
Native speakers
1 (2005)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3
Glottolog yugu1249[2]

Yugambeh (see below for other names) is an Australian Aboriginal language spoken by the Yugambeh people living on the South-East Queensland coast between the Logan River and the Tweed River (including South Stradbroke Island).[3]

Yugambeh is one of some dozen or two dozen dialects of the Bandjalang language. Among the differences in Yugambeh is that yugambeh (or yugam) is the word for no. The Yugambeh people use this to identify their language (those who say yugambeh for no).[4]

There was not a separate Yugambeh people; the language is part of a dialect chain spoken by the Bundjalung. Yugambeh was the word for No, None or Nothing from the Logan River to the Clarence.[5]


Yugambeh may also be referred to as:

  • Yugambir, Yugabeh (Yugambal/Yugumbal was evidently a separate language located further west[6])
  • Yubumbee
  • Jugumbir, Jukamba
  • Manaldjali (probably from Mununjali, the name of a Yugambeh-speaking clan)
  • Minjanbal (probably from Minjungbal, the name of a Yugambeh-speaking clan)[citation needed]

Place names[edit]

Modern place names with roots in the Yugambeh dialect include:[7]


  1. ^ a b c Yugambeh at the Australian Indigenous Languages Database, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Yugumbir". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ Yugambeh Museum web site introduction (web site by the Kombumerri Aboriginal Corporation for Culture)
  4. ^ Macquarie Aboriginal Words, Macquarie University, 1994, paperback ISBN 0-949757-79-9, chapter 1
  5. ^ "Edward Curr, The Australian Race" 1886. "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 20, 2011. Retrieved September 17, 2010. 
  6. ^ http://archives.samuseum.sa.gov.au/tindaletribes/jukambal.htm
  7. ^ "Indigenous Language Resources: South-East Qld Placenames" (PDF). State Library of Queensland. 

Further reading[edit]

External links[edit]