This blog has been created by under and post-graduate linguistics students from The University of New England, Armidale, Australia.
In 2010 we studied a unit about the Aboriginal languages of Australia. As part of our assessment we had to contribute to a class blog. Upon completing the unit we decided it would be great to continue blogging and sharing links and other resources about Australian languages and related issues.
In 2012 the Aboriginal languages of Australia unit is being taught again and the new students will be using this blog to write their blog posts for assessment. We welcome the new bloggers and hope they gain as much from the unit as we did.
It is estimated that prior to European invasion in the late 1700’s there were 250-300 languages in Australia. The 2005 National Indigenous Languages Survey found that only 20 of the 250 languages are relatively stable although they still face endangerment. Over 100 languages are currently in ‘a very advanced state of endangerment’ of these, 63 languages were found to have 10 or fewer speakers and were in a state of critical endangerment.
By collecting and sharing links in our blog we are hoping to raise awareness and share knowledge about Australian languages and related issues.
It is our best intention to fully reference and credit all material on the blog. We do not wish to transgress any cultural restrictions either. However, we are students and we are still learning, so if anyone finds material on this blog inappropriate for cultural, linguistic and/or copy right reasons please contact us and we will remove the offending material straight away.
If you would like to find out more about our blog or would like to contribute to it please contact us.
Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies ‘Extracts : National Indigenous languages survey report 2005’ In: National Indigenous languages survey report 2005 / report submitted to the Department ofCommunications, Information Technology and the Arts by the Australian Institute of Aboriginaland Torres Strait Islander Studies in association with the Federation of Aboriginal and TorresStrait Islander Languages. Canberra : The Dept. 2005. pp. 7, 19-25, 79-87Retrieved from:http://www.dcita.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/35637/NILS_Repport_2005.pdf on Thursday 6th September 2007 by the Dixson Library.