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).
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).
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.
Yugambeh may also be referred to as:
- Yugambir, Yugabeh (Yugambal/Yugumbal was evidently a separate language located further west)
- Jugumbir, Jukamba
- Manaldjali (probably from Mununjali, the name of a Yugambeh-speaking clan)
- Minjanbal (probably from Minjungbal, the name of a Yugambeh-speaking clan)
Modern place names with roots in the Yugambeh dialect include:
- Canungra - from gungunga, a long flat or clearing
- Coomera - from kumera, a species of wattle
- Jumpinpi - Pandanus root
- Mundoolun - from Mundheralgun, the local name for the Common death adder
- Nindooinbah - from ninduinba, the remains of a fire.
- Pimpama - from pimpimba, a place of soldier birds
- Tabragalba - from dhaberigaba, a place of clubs
- Tallebudgera - rotten or decayed logs
- Wongawallan - from the words wonga (pigeon) and wallan (water)
- Yugambeh at the Australian Indigenous Languages Database, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
- Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Yugumbir". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
- Yugambeh Museum web site introduction (web site by the Kombumerri Aboriginal Corporation for Culture)
- Macquarie Aboriginal Words, Macquarie University, 1994, paperback ISBN 0-949757-79-9, chapter 1
- "Edward Curr, The Australian Race" 1886. "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 20, 2011. Retrieved September 17, 2010.
- "Indigenous Language Resources: South-East Qld Placenames" (PDF). State Library of Queensland.
- Dictionary of Yugambeh Including Neighbouring Dialects, compiled by Margaret Sharpe, Pacific Linguistics: Australian National University, 1998.
- Borobi and his friends Virtual book read in Yugambeh language by Axel Best. From the State Library of Queensland virtual book collection.
- Linguist List (2005) Synopsis of Grammar and Texts of the Yugambeh-Bundjalung Dialect Chain in Eastern Australia Accessed 20 May 2008