Monthly Archives: August 2011

Wagilak Group and the Australian Art Orchestra

This performance looks like it will be pretty special. Tract is a collaboration between the Australian Art Orchestra and young members of the Wagilak Group from South East Arnhem Land. The project was realised by composer and violinist Erkki Veltheim. … Continue reading

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Sounds of Australia, National Sound and Film Archives.

The 2011 ‘Sounds of Australia’ additions list has just been released by the National Sound and Film Archive. The list includes recordings of songs and speech from the Torres Strait Islands made in 1898 by the Cambridge Anthropological Expedition. The … Continue reading

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Land Rights in Israel

This may not seem related to the subject of this blog at all, but I thought this documentary screened on SBS’s Dateline in March this year was fascinating. An Australian native title specialist is being consulted as an expert in … Continue reading

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Library project to revive languages.

The New South Wales state library has just launched an exciting new project to preserve vocabularies and word lists of Indigenous languages from its archives. ‘Discovering Indigenous Languages’ is planned to be a three year project and has been made … Continue reading

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Strengthening language maintenance through cooperative training strategies

There is a conference coming up in Melbourne with the title ‘Strengthening language maintenance through cooperative training strategies’. The programme looks really interesting, especially for us students as there is some great linguists attending to talk about linguistic training at … Continue reading

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2011 Census Interviewers for Indigenous communities.

I know census night has come and gone, but there’s been a bit of a kerfuffle about the use of different forms in remote Indigenous communities to the rest of the country. Sara Hudson from the Centre for Independent Studies┬áposted … Continue reading

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Google and traditional Aboriginal names.

This article discusses the issues that may arise when using traditional Aboriginal names, including skin names, on social networking platforms, namely Google+. I think it is an interesting example of how Euro-centrism (intended or not) can be seen to exclude … Continue reading

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Byalawa-breaking down communication barriers.

A new website has just been launched which aims to assist medical professionals to break down communication barriers between health professionals and Indigenous people. You can read a news article about the site here. Byalawa intends to ‘facilitate the acquisition … Continue reading

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Gamilaraay Language Workshop

The annual conferences for the Australian Linguistic Society and the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia (in conjunction with the Applied Linguistics Association of NZ) will be held in Canberra this year from the end of November into early December. For … Continue reading

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Coding cultural riches – interview with Dr Rachel Nordlinger

This interview with Dr Rachel Nordlinger from Melbourne University gives a really great overview of the major issues involved with Aboriginal languages in Australia. It came from the university’s Up Close website which has lots of information related to current … Continue reading

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