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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