Message Stick Episode – ‘The Language Man’


Go to and scroll down to Episode 21, 2008.

This is an episode of the ABC’s ‘Message Stick’ program about John Bradley, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Monash University, and his work with the Yanyuwa people of Borroloola in the South West Gulf of Carpentaria, NT,  how he came to know the community and learn the language.  You can find out more about this work at and  Phonetic details about the language can be found at Yanuyuwa.

The program introduces this complex language, which has both male and female dialects; and the connections between language, culture and spirituality (as discussed in the Reid and Goddard reading, Topic 1).

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