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http://www.themonthly.com.au/politics-suffering-peter-sutton-marcia-langton-p2-1890

This interview between the author of the book , “The Politics of Suffering”, Peter Sutton, and Marcia Langton does not really deal with linguistic issues – but it is interesting to listen to as it gives you an idea of the situations in which children in remote communities are living and trying to maintain their language and culture.  In the second part of the interview during the question and answer session Sutton makes a comment about language lost – in that it is a choice that people make.  People chose to move away from communities, move into English speaking areas and bring their children up in English rich environments.  He sees the future of Aboriginal languages as being similar to the fate of Ancient Greek and Latin.  He sees language as being rich in culture but that this culture is in the past – belongs to the past and cannot be owned by the current generations, but rather studied and understood.

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