Category Archives: Language Work

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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NoongarPedia

Here’s a link to the NoongarPedia site, which comes under the aegis of Wikipedia: https://incubator.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wp/nys/Main_Page The site is live, although not yet formally launched. It contains material in English and Noongar, which is the language of the south-west of Western … Continue reading

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Yuwaalaraay gaay- Gamilaraay garay

Throughout my studies of this unit I have found that the school I am currently working at as an SLSO (Walgett Community College- Primary School) to provide me with a wealth of knowledge and resources relating to the language spoken … Continue reading

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William Dawes and the Dharuk Language

In seeking information about the Aboriginal languages around Sydney, I encountered the story of William Dawes and his notebooks recording details of the Dharuk language, made between 1788 and 1791. Although discussed in entries by 2014 students (referenced below), and … Continue reading

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‘Jerra Bundoola’ told by Thooritgal in Ulladulla

In the Reading Room at the State Records Centre I viewed some microfiche of original documents. The document posted in this blog is a renowned mythic tale Jerra Bundūla related by Thooritgal, who speaks the Ulladulla language. This handwritten sample … 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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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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Ngukurr in the News

As I’ve written before, Ngukurr language centre is up and running again and looking for a co-ordinator. Here is a short interview with Greg Dickson and Anthony Daniels about what has been going on at the language centre and its … Continue reading

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Co-ordinator position available at Ngukurr Language Centre

Ngukurr Language centre in Ngukurr, N.T. is currently looking for a suitable person to become the co-ordinator for the language centre. This is a really exciting opportunity for the successful applicant to be part of excellent endangered language documentation teams … Continue reading

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