Language extinction is an issue that confronts Aboriginal languages regularly. As we have seen from some of the material in the unit thus far, of the estimated 250 Aboriginal languages present at the time of the European invasion, at least 160 of these are now extinct, with others likely to follow shortly.
This may leave one wondering if such extinction will end before all such languages have disappeared. This article from the BBC details the revival of one of the already-extinct Aboriginal languages. Using written records, Dharug, an Aboriginal language extinct since the nineteenth century, has been resurrected. At the time of the writing of the article (April 2009), the language was being taught in a high school in Sydney. According to the Department of Aboriginal Affairs of the NSW government, the language is still being taught.
I have chosen this article because Aboriginal language extinction and endangerment is one of the topics we are discussing this trimester.