Collection UQFL173 - Elwyn Flint Papers

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Elwyn Flint Papers


  • [196-] (Creation)

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60 boxes, 1 parcel.

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Biographical history

Elwyn Flint completed honours in Modern Languages and Literature in 1927, and was appointed as a reader in his department, before becoming a priest in 1938. He was an army chaplain and intelligence officer before being discharged in 1946. He was appointed as a junior lecturer at the University of Queensland and eventually senior lecturer in 1958. Flint's intense interest in language variation led him to record the variety of languages spoken in Queensland and parts of Asia and Indonesia. He published the results of his research.

Archival history

Collection previously titled as: Papers, [196-]
Collection alternatively titled as: Elwyn Flint Collection.

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Scope and content

This collection comprises written documents collected by Flint mostly as part of a long term research project in the 1960s, known as the Queensland Speech Survey, during which Flint recorded traditional Aboriginal Languages. This collection also documents the Yuulngu (Gupapuyngu) language. Other parts of the collection include journal articles of languages, correspondence with field-linguists and staff from academic institutions, Indonesian material, and documentation of the English spoken by Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, Australian and regional pidgins, "migrants" and "mother-tongue" people from different ages, regions or socio-economic groups.

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Conditions governing access

Mostly unrestricted access - some restrictions to tapes in Box 42, and folders 26-28 of Box 3 fragile and have been preserved on CD shelved with box.

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  • English

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Finding aids

Refer to uploaded finding aid for contents of Boxes 1-57 and Parcel 1.

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View selected items from the Elwyn FlintCollection via UQ eSpace [link]
View selected items from the Elwyn Flint Collection via Indigenous Voices of Queensland website [link]

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Publication note

Material from this collection has been cited in:
Pavlidou, Theodossia (2014). Constructing collectivity : 'we' across languages and contexts. John Benjamins Publishing Company, Amsterdam ; Philadelphia
Pensalfini, Robert J., & Turpin, Myfany, 1972-, & Guillemin, Diana, (2014). Language description informed by theory. John Benjamins Publishing Company, Amsterdam ; Philadelphia
Wafer, James William, 1948- & Turpin, Myfany, 1972- (2017). Recirculating songs : revitalising the singing practices of Indigenous Australia (first). Hunter Press, Hamilton, NSW

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Revised, AM, 09-Mar-2020.
Revised, AM, 19-Aug-2019.
Migrated from LMS: April 2019, P.A.




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