Monthly Archives: August 2016

What is Aboriginal English like and how would you recognise it?

  The Board of Studies Teaching and Educational Standards of NSW (BOSTES) have developed this site that explains  what Aboriginal English is and differentiation between AE an SAE and the miscommunication that often happens when an indigenous person and non-indigenous … Continue reading

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Short Black Opera – for kids

http://educationvideo.com.au/btn/400/20160628_indigenousoperastars_hi.mp4 video source: Behind the News, 28th June 2016 Indigenous opera singer Deborah Cheetham is the founder and director of Short Black Opera, a performance group for Aboriginal adults and children alike. She and her team take her regional engagement program … Continue reading

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Free, prior and informed consent

Why translating English to Aboriginal languages is so hard There is no single ‘Aboriginal word’ for an English one. Cultural differences make translating between Aboriginal and other languages very difficult. ‘Informed consent’ is a long way away. This website gives … Continue reading

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Examples of Australian sign language The above is a YouTube clip showing some traditional hand signs of Australia.  The concept of Aboriginal ‘sign-language’ and the reason for its development is something that has struck me as quite interesting.  Its natural … Continue reading

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Media coverage of Aboriginal beauty pageant contestant

This year the Northern Territory boasted having its first finalist in the Miss World Australia pageant. She was also indigenous, a Yolngu woman named Maminydjama (Magnolia) Maymuru. There was a lot of media coverage generated by the event, but this … Continue reading

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http://singing.indigenousknowledge.org/home/contents The above link is to a 1989 publication entitled “Singing the Land,  Signing the Land” by Helen Watson,  the Yolngu community at Yirrkala, and David Wade Chambers. Their theme is the difference between Aboriginal and European knowledge systems and … Continue reading

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Exposure to Australian Languages through Place Names

Sophie Verass has recently compiled a list of well-known Aboriginal place names and their meanings for NITV/SBS: Indigenous meanings of Australian town names Although on the surface it’s a mildly interesting article which provides some insight into Australian cultural and linguistic … Continue reading

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