Identity dies when tongues are silenced

This article that appeared in The Age in early April, entitled ‘Identity dies when tongues are silenced’ discusses the current language situation in Australia with linguist Dr Rachel Nordlinger. Rachel is a senior lecturer at the University of Melbourne and has spent time in Wadeye, NT, studying Murrin-Patha, which is now becoming more widely spoken as smaller languages in the area fall out of use. Along with some colleagues Rachel has recieved a Australian Research Council grant to study the way Murrin-Patha is acquired by children.

You can also hear an interview with Rachel about ‘investigating indigenous languages in Australia’ on the University of Melbroune’s Up Close website here.

-Annie

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