UNE News and Events | UNE lecturer declared a ‘champion’ of Aboriginal language

UNE adjunct senior lecturer Margaret Sharpe has been officially recognised as a ‘champion’ for her role in helping to revive and document the indigenous Yugambeh language of the Gold Coast and hinterland regions of South East Queensland.
The Yugambeh Museum bestowed the honour on Dr Sharpe during its recent NAIDOC week celebrations, hailing her as a ‘Champion in the fight for Yugambeh language’, in recognition of her decades of research into the language.

This work included compiling and publishing a dictionary encompassing Yugambeh language, as well the Bundjalung dialect of the neighbouring Northern Rivers area of NSW.
Dr Sharpe said she was “pleased and proud” to accept the honour, pointing out it was symbolic of how attitudes had changed over the last 30 years


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