Gureng Gureng language

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Gureng Gureng
Region Queensland
Extinct (recent)
  • Gureng-Gureng
  • Guweng-Guweng
Language codes
ISO 639-3 gnr
Glottolog gure1255[1]
AIATSIS[2] E32 Gureng-Gureng, E36 Goeng-Goeng

Gureng Gureng is a language of Queensland. Although no longer spoken as a native language, it is spoken as a 2nd or 3rd language by under 100.

'Taribelang' is a name on language maps in this area and so might refer to Gureng Gureng.


Today some speakers have a "heavier" more guttural way of speaking E.g. rolling the tongue when pronouncing the "rr's", starting words with Ng rather than a single N and also heavier speakers sound out a "dj" sound rather than "ch" or "t". "Heavier" speakers tend to be the more western groups from along the Burnett River of Queensland.

The more coastal families today seem to have a "lighter" way of speaking (less guttural & not rolling the tongue and using the single N at the start of words rather than the Ng & using "ch" & "t" rather than "dj" etc.) which is most likely the result of the influence of the English language in recent times.


  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Gureng Gureng". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  2. ^ Gureng-Gureng at the Australian Indigenous Languages Database, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies  (see the info box for additional links)

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