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yuwayi /jʉ:wæɪ/

Walpiri interjection meaning “yes!”

Dr Alison Holm is an experienced speech pathologist in Brisbane, Queensland with clinical and research expertise in paediatric speech, language and literacy with a particular focus on speech sound disorders and multilingual children.

Yuwayi is the Walpiri word my mum used throughout my childhood when she meant a resounding “yes!”

It is a reminder to me to deliberately choose to do the interesting, challenging, important and fun things in all aspects of my life.

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