Noel Pearson: Native tongues imperilled
- by: OPINION Noel Pearson
- From:The Australian
- March 10, 200712:00AM
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
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 …