Monthly Archives: October 2016

Contracts in comic and pictorial form

Indigenous Australians, like all vulnerable persons, are highly disadvantaged by the complex nature of legal language – keeping in mind that legal language is itself a dialect of English.  This disadvantage extends to written language, and written contracts can be … Continue reading

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Language maintenance and revitalisation

In topic 5 we discussed language loss, maintenance and revival. I found this seminar by Leanne Hinton that was given at ANU about reclaiming indigenous languages in not just Australia, but also in America and New Zealand. Leanne works in California with … Continue reading

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An early grammar of Tiwi

Early publication of this grammar of Tiwi has probably been of great benefit to Tiwi’s present day strength and vibrance. While other Aboriginal languages suffer for want of reference works, those with reference works stand a stronger chance of survival … Continue reading

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Jingeri. There’s an app for that!

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-07-10/queenslands-indigenous-languages-preserved-through-app/6610274 You arrive at camp only to find you there are elders from a far off group and you need an icebreaker. Your laptop takes too long to boot and you only have a few minutes to come up with … Continue reading

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Australia’s Lost Languages

This short, simple YouTube is a tribute to the languages spoken for thousands of years by Australia’s first people. The YouTube contains only words, names of languages lost, and a voice naming each of the languages. I found this thought … Continue reading

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