Category Archives: Language Endangerment

WHEN THE PRIME MINISTER SPEAKS A DYING (ABORIGINAL) LANGUAGE

The main premise of this post is that language maintenance and language loss are influenced by POLITICS or the STRUGGLE for POWER. What does it mean when the country’s highest elected official speaks a dying Aboriginal language on very significant … Continue reading

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The FUTURE of ABORIGINAL LANGUAGES in AUSTRALIA

I believe that Ling 366 is a unit that does not only focus on Aboriginal Languages per se; it is also one that investigates the precarious status of said languages in Australia. In the course of my study for this … Continue reading

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Sonnets and NoongarPedia: language revitalisation takes centre stage

Kylie Farmer, Sonnet Sunday – The Globe, 22nd April 2012 “In the old age black was not counted fair… But now is black beauty’s successive heir.” In the wake of Indigenous Literacy Week,  I thought I would share the article Sonnets and NoongarPedia: … Continue reading

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Jaky Troy: awakening Australia’s sleeping languages

Chapter 3 of our textbook is a paper by Dr Jakylin Troy entitled Language Contact in Early Colonial NSW. Dr Troy is a linguist, and a Research Professor at Sydney University. Previously she was a Director at AIATSIS, and she … Continue reading

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Essay in “The Monthly” September 2014: Voices of the Land

An Israeli linguist, Professor Ghil’ad Zuckermann from the University of Adelaide, is working with the Barngarla people to help reclaim their language. It was once spoken throughout the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia, but had no fluent speakers by the … Continue reading

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Australian Bureau of Statistics: Indigenous Languages

Statistics from the Australian Bureau of Statistics looking at Australia’s Indigenous Languages Continue reading

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Australian languages on radio national

I haven’t made a blog post for a while sorry but will write about the Our Land Our Languages report as soon as I can. In the meantime check out these discussion that have aired on Radio National over the … Continue reading

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Our Land Our Lanugages report released- exciting times for Aboriginal languages.

As many of you may be aware by now the Our Land, Our Languages report was released earlier this week. The report is the result of the Nation Inquiry into Indigenous Language Learning which collected submissions from all over the … Continue reading

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Resources to support language maintenance and revival.

As the sentate inquiry into Indigenous language learning has rolled around the country collecting submissions, a common theme has been the requirement of sufficient and reliable funding. ABC news reports of another such request from Ray Ingrey, the executive officer of … Continue reading

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Aidan Wilson (fullysic) on language loss and more.

Aidan Wilson from Fullysic blog wrote this article for the ABCs The Drum. In it he discusses the passing of his Grandmother, one of the few remaining fluent speakers of Tradational Tiwi and the wider implications of language loss for … Continue reading

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