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Word Up

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Word Up shares the diverse languages of black Australia from Anmatyerre to Arrernte, from Bidjara to Bundjalung, from Nyungar to Ngaanyatjarra, from Yankunytjatjara to Yorta Yorta—one word at a time.

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Word Up shares the diverse languages of black Australia from Anmatyerre to Arrernte, from Bidjara to Bundjalung, from Nyungar to Ngaanyatjarra, from Yankunytjatjara to Yorta Yorta—one word at a time.

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Word Up

Latest release on Nov 28, 2020

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Word Up shares the diverse languages of black Australia from Anmatyerre to Arrernte, from Bidjara to Bundjalung, from Nyungar to Ngaanyatjarra, from Yankunytjatjara to Yorta Yorta—one word at a time.

Rank #1: Word Up: Rona Glynn-McDonald

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Rona Glynn-McDonald shares a Kaytetye phrase that was important to her while she was away at boarding school.

Jan 18 2020

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Rank #2: Word Up: Rona Glynn-McDonald

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Rona Glynn-McDonald shares a Kaytetye phrase that was important to her while she was away at boarding school.

Mar 16 2019

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Rank #3: Word Up: Kamahi Djordon King

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Multi-talented artist Kamahi Djordan King shares some of his grandfather's language — Gurindji.

May 18 2019

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Rank #4: Word Up: Ray Kelly Snr

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Dhunghutti man Ray Kelly Snr is passionate about studying Goori languages in the space where community knowledge and academia cross over.

Mar 02 2019

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Rank #5: Word Up: Kaitlyn Lodewikus

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There’s currently only two words known definitively to be Yiman.

May 04 2019

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Rank #6: Word Up: More words about women

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From terms of endearment to a coming of age ceremony for girls - we look back on some words that celebrate the women in our communities.

Jan 05 2019

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Rank #7: Word Up: Deb Netuschil and Philip Kemp

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For the past few years Deb and Philip have been on a quest to compile a word list of Yuwibara language from multiple sources.

Jun 15 2019

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Rank #8: Word Up: Aunty Lynette Nixon

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The first Gunggari word Aunty Lynette Nixon ever learnt was 'yambah' which means home.

Feb 16 2019

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Rank #9: Word Up: Brian Champion

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In the Kaalamaya language, a panoramic view incorporates every living thing.

Jan 26 2019

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Rank #10: Word Up: Leonora Adidi

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Leonora Adidi shares three 'kapu' words from Kala Kawaw Ya.

Jan 19 2019

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Rank #11: Word Up: Jacob Morris

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Language is a responsibility for Gumea Dharawal man and cultural educator Jacob Morris.

Apr 27 2019

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Rank #12: Word Up: Light

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From the first rays of the sun to the dance of firelight, we take a look back on some of the words we’ve learnt about light.

Apr 20 2019

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Rank #13: Word Up: Sheree Blackley

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For the 100th episode of Word Up Sheree Blackley shares some of her favourite Kalkutungu words.

Feb 23 2019

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Rank #14: Word Up: Bronwyn Chambers

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We learn the Darkinyung words for water, child and possum - and why they're particularly meaningful to our guest.

Jun 22 2019

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Rank #15: Word Up: Cynthia Bourke

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Cynthia Bourke shares four Ngaanyatjarra words from Warakurna in the Western Desert.

May 11 2019

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Rank #16: Word Up: Ghenoa Gela

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Multi-disciplinary artist Ghenoa Gela is bringing TSI Kriol to the stage in her one woman show My Urrwai.

Apr 13 2019

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Rank #17: Word Up: Bianca McNeair

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Malgana language is from the saltwater country around Shark Bay, the westernmost point of the Australian continent.

Apr 06 2019

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Rank #18: Word Up: Why I learn my language

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Take a look back with past guests John Graham, Kylie Bracknell, and David Prosser to see why language is such an important part of their lives.

Jun 08 2019

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Rank #19: Word Up: Arlene McInherny

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Being able to speak the “vibration of the land” has become an important way for Arlene McInherny to stay connected to her country.

Mar 30 2019

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Rank #20: Word Up: Yarlalu Thomas

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Nyangumarta country goes from the central Great Sandy Desert to Eighty Mile Beach.

Jun 01 2019

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Word Up: Words from the west

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Kado Muir, Rhonda Collard-Spratt, and Nadine Taylor bring us some languages from around Geraldton and the mid-west of Western Australia.

Nov 28 2020

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Word Up: Harold Ludwick

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There's a word in the Guugu Yimithirr language of far north Queensland that describes an infinite or unknowable number.

Nov 21 2020

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Word Up: Brittanie Shipway

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Brittanie Shipway shares some of her favourite words including the Gumbaynggirr name for the Milky Way.

Nov 07 2020

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Word Up: Gary Williams

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We meet a custodian of the Gumbaynggir language which is being taught across the mid north coastal region of New South Wales.

Oct 31 2020

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Word Up: Little bit long time

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A special episode of Word Up — featuring Elma Kris speaking Kalaw Lagaw Ya, and the word for memories, Jason O’Neil speaking Wiradjuri and Nadine Taylor speaking Wajarri — and the word for ‘little bit long time’.

Oct 17 2020

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Word Up: the music of our languages

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In this special extended version of Word Up we feature performing artists who use language in their music - from Emily Wurramara and Lou Bennett to Apakatjah and Bunna Lawrie.

Oct 03 2020

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Word Up: songlines in language

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Songlines reverberate in language - from Yanyuwa to Badtjala.

Sep 26 2020

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Word Up: high country

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Our languages echo in the Flinders Ranges, the NSW Northern Tablelands and Victoria's high country.

Sep 19 2020

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Word Up: rivers of language

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Thinking about rivers and their sound - they echo in our languages.

Sep 12 2020

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Word Up: Elemental

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There are words in our languages for the constellations and some of our creation stories are deeply connected to the night sky.

Aug 15 2020

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Word Up: Ray Kelly Snr

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Dhunghutti man Ray Kelly Snr is passionate about studying Goori languages in the space where community knowledge and academia cross over.

Aug 08 2020

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Word Up: Ray Kelly Jr

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Awabakal man Ray Kelly Jr is hot on the heels of his dad Ray Kelly Sr in the field of language revival.

Aug 01 2020

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Word Up: Dean Briscoe

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The Anmatyerre word for learning inspires translator Dean Briscoe.

Jul 18 2020

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Word Up: Bianca McNeair

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Malgana language is from the saltwater country around Shark Bay, the westernmost point of the Australian continent.

Jul 11 2020

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Word Up: Listen Up

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Look back with Wesley Enoch, Anna Drummond and Rhonda Radley on the importance of listening.

Jun 27 2020

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Word Up: Malarndirri McCarthy

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The Yanyuwa people speak male and female dialects of the same language - an extremely rare phenomenon.

Jun 20 2020

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Word Up: Eleanor Dixon

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In the Mudburra language the word for keeper or custodian is interchangeable with tree or rock - something permanent and immovable.

Jun 13 2020

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Word Up: Elma Kris

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Kala Lagaw Ya is spoken across the western islands of the Torres Strait.

Jun 06 2020

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Word Up: Maggie Burns

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Warlpiri is one of the strongest Aboriginal languages.

May 30 2020

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Word Up: Trish Levett

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The once dormant Gundungurra language is being revived and spoken on country.

May 23 2020

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