Category Archives: Language Maintenance


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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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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Maintaining Arrernte – A Place For Language Hi everyone, The website, Apmere Angkentye-kenhe or, in English, ‘a place for language’, is a resource for those interested in learning Central/Eastern Arrernte, a language spoken in Central Australia. It is a telling source for those studying Australian language … Continue reading

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Advertising in palawa kani – Australian languages in the public sphere

In 2006, Tasmania’s Premier Will Hodgman pronounced an initiative to ‘Reset the Relationship with the Tasmanian Aboriginal Community’. The initiative was underpinned by three main themes, Recognition, Reconciliation and Real Outcomes, which were further developed into five priority focus areas. … Continue reading

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Our Country, Our Voices – Guardian Australia

The Guardian Australia website has posted a series of articles on Indigenous languages under the title ‘Our Country, Our Voices’. The articles cover numerous topics of interest to LING366/566 students including the importance role of languages in regards to cultural … Continue reading

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Teaching Indigenous Languages in primary schools

Hi everyone, I thought I’d share these news articles which relate how some primary schools have introduce their local Indigenous language and is taught to all children of the school and town. Even though Indigenous Language in Education is in … Continue reading

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Puliima 2013

Puliima National Indigenous Language and Technology Forum is set to run in Melbourne this year 26th-30th of August. Registrations will be opening soon. To find out more visit the Puliima website here. -Annie

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