Health Education Resource in Three Traditional Aboriginal Languages

This is something I came across through my work. It’s a website with anti-smoking education and resources for young Indigenous people.

If anyone is interested in hearing a few minutes of Central Arrente, Pitjantjatjara or Warlpiri, just follow the link. You can also watch the video in English elsewhere on the site.

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The animation is about how the neurotransmitter dopamine is released in the brain when you smoke tobacco, and why that is reinforcing. I think these videos are a pretty good confirmation that traditional Aboriginal languages have the capability to discuss any topic. I don’t think the use of ‘dopamine’ as a loanword weakens this argument in any way. Afterall, the components of the English word can be traced back to German and Latin (source: the Oxford online dictionary).

http://quit.nosmokes.com.au/teachers-and-health-workers/translations/

Hope you find it interesting.

Natasha Lee/ Ling566

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