Category Archives: Language Revival

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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Gunggari Language, Mitchell QLD

In 2014 I had the opportunity to work in Mitchell, a small town in Western Queensland. I was the principal of a small Catholic school. I worked with a number of teachers, students, support staff, parents, community members and parish … Continue reading

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Dharug Language for Primary School Students

An important aspect of language maintenance and revival is familiarising more people, especially children, with the language in question.  To this end, it is valuable to introduce schoolchildren to the Aboriginal language(s) of the area where they live, if the … 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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Lost language of Boandik Indigenous people revived in traditional possum fur cloak

In this article you will read about Brooke Joy who has studied and speacialised in the Bunganditj language. The language was once spoken fluently by Boandik people, during the 20th Century the language gradually fell from use. Brooke is keen … Continue reading

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Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages

I have recently come across the website for the Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages (Vaclang, for short), found here. This website is a great resource for almost anything to do with the languages of Victoria. It has: Links to language … Continue reading

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