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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‚Äôs highest elected official speaks a dying Aboriginal language on very significant … Continue reading

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palawa kani, the Tasmanian ‘composite language’

Recently I began following the Endangered Languages Centre on Facebook and after flicking through some articles on the page I found myself reading about the language palawa kani, which means ‘Tasmanian Aborigines speak or talk’. The language has been composed … Continue reading

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Developer registers kunanyi domain name.

Recently Tasmania caught up with the rest of the country by finally implementing a dual place name policy, as I blogged about here. In an edit of that post I linked to a news article reporting that the Tasmanian Aboriginal … Continue reading

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Tasmania gets a dual place naming policy

In other good news for Aboriginal languages today, the Tasmanian government has announced a dual place naming policy. Well known landmarks such as Larapuna (Bay of Fires) and Kunanyi (Mt Wellington) will receive dual name signs and Aboriginal names will … Continue reading

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Creative Australia- New National Culture Policy

The Federal Minister for Arts Simon Crean today announced the Creative Australia Policy, said to be the first update to Australian cultural policy in twenty years. The policy focuses on the visual and performing arts and includes a budget of … Continue reading

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