Lee Healy

Taungurung

The dictionary took four years to make and Aunty Lee says, “I don’t think my mind stopped.”|“It became my passion. I would get up at 3.30 in the morning and do it. I was doing it seven days a week.”|When the Victorian Corporation for Aboriginal Languages published the dictionary in 2011, and Aunty Lee had the 400 page book in her hands for the first time, she had to sit down and take it all in. “I was crying,” she says.|“I thought, the community is going to be so proud. Everyone kept saying to me, “You’ve done it. And you had no idea what linguistics was!” “|“It was a lot of work but it didn’t matter because it come from the heart.”|Aunty Lee Healy is now doing a degree in Linguistics at Monash University and has plans for a grammar book for the Taungurung language.

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