Gupapuyŋu Alphabet and Pronunciation Guide

$40

Book and CD kit

Gupapuyŋu is one of the languages of the Yolŋu Matha language group spoken in Northeast Arnhem Land. The Aboriginal people who are living in this area call themselves Yolŋu; it is common that a Yolŋu person speaks three or four different languages. The Gupapuyŋu is spoken in the Miliŋimbi area, although it is understood in the whole region by many of the Yolŋu clans.

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Book and CD kit

Gupapuyŋu is one of the languages of the Yolŋu Matha language group spoken in Northeast Arnhem Land. The Aboriginal people who are living in this area call themselves Yolŋu; it is common that a Yolŋu person speaks three or four different languages. The Gupapuyŋu is spoken in the Miliŋimbi area, although it is understood in the whole region by many of the Yolŋu clans.

The Yolŋu Matha alphabet has been developed by a prominent Australian linguist, Beulah Lowe during the ’50s to ’70s when she was living and working in Miliŋimbi. The same alphabet is used to write down all the Yolŋu languages today. The pronunciation guide takes you through the different symbols, it is a first step to understand the alphabet and start to learn how to pronounce the different sounds. The CD kit is a great resource to listen to the sounds, and learn the pronunciation.

If you are interested in the traditional didgeridoo playing styles of East Arnhem Land, sooner or later you will find it interesting to study the basics of the Aboriginal languages. Just like in the case of a language, the spoken sounds are an important part of the traditional playing technik, so by studying the pronunciation is a useful add-on to your didgeridoo playing style.

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