Time is running out for a lot of Australian languages

Noel Pearson: Native tongues imperilled

In this article, Noel Pearson the Director of the Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership talks about the need to record and preserve Aboriginal culture and languages before it is too late – BIITL.   He however maintains that most users of the languages do not have the resources to access the data collected by theorists.  What he would like to see is more effort put in to helping the people transmit their traditional languages to the younger generations through more accessible means.

Kim Zwalf LING566

                    

Noel Pearson: Native tongues imperilled

www.theaustralian.com.au

IN 1973, a linguist doing field work on Aboriginal Australian languages realised he had met the last speaker of Yaygir, a language once spoken in present-day northeast NSW. The custodian of this invaluable piece of Australian culture, Sandy Cameron, was living in obscurity and had not spoken Yaygir …

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One Response to Time is running out for a lot of Australian languages

  1. Alexander Dietz says:

    Where have been the efforts to reverse language shift and to documentate languages within the last 50 years? It is since around 50 years that actively suppressing policies have been given up. There has been enough time to write down every single language in Australia!

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