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  • Apr 18, 2012
  • 11:18 AM

Saving the native tongues of Australia (video)

Al Jazeera
In Australia, only a handful of hundreds of indigenous languages have managed to survive following decades of European colonisation that heavily suppressed the native ways of life. But many of the country's indigenous groups are struggling to save their languages and preserve their cultures in the process.
  • Apr 12, 2012
  • 01:23 AM

Twitter Gets Help from SLU Prof on How to Deal With Indigenous Tweeters

Nicholas Phillips / Riverfront Times
If you're one of the five remaining speakers of "Yuchi" -- a near-extinct Native American language in Oklahoma -- your tweets will look insane, even to those within your linguistic group. That's because whenever you type in the "@" character, which is a part of your alphabet, Twitter will (wrongly) think you're trying to refer to a different user, such as @Joe_Smith.
  • Apr 10, 2012
  • 11:05 PM

Call to protect dying Indigenous languages (audio)

Nance Haxton / ABC Online
Linguists say there is a critical need to preserve Indigenous Australian languages that are in danger of dying out. Research shows that up to 90 per cent of the world's 7,000 languages could be lost by the end of the century. Of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages, only 20 from of an original 250 are still widely spoken.
  • Apr 10, 2012
  • 03:36 PM

Australian linguicide - Des Crump (audio)

Peter Gooch / ABC Online
It's not a record to be proud of, but Australia appears to be world champions at linguicide - the killing of languages. Out of an estimated 250 spoken by indigenous people only 20 are now in common usage. Linguistics professor GHIL'AD ZUCKERMANN is urging Australians to join a global movement designed to revive endangered tongues....
  • Apr 04, 2012
  • 02:37 PM

Capturing the Wajarri language brings joy to elders

Gian De Poloni / ABC Online
"When I was growing up around the Mullewa area in the 1940s, the government at the time said they didn't want children to be taught the language," she said. "That was the saddest thing that they didn't want the parents who were the fluent speakers to teach their children the language." But, efforts are being made to redress the loss.
  • Apr 02, 2012
  • 07:22 PM

Call to teach Kaurna at every city school

Sheradyn Holderhead / Adelaide Now
THE Kaurna language should be taught in all Adelaide schools to both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students, experts say. Aboriginal students who learn their traditional language become more confident, have more pride in their identity and find a passion for learning, a committee heard yesterday.
  • Apr 02, 2012
  • 09:45 AM

Indigenous language dictionary launched

A remote community in Western Australia's Murchison region hopes an Indigenous language dictionary will encourage the younger generation of Wajarri people to learn more about their traditional language and culture.
  • Apr 02, 2012
  • 09:25 AM

Opinion: We need to save languages as well as species

Peter Culshaw / The Arts Desk
...Abley also has some splendidly wacky encounters such as the last two surviving speakers of an Aboriginal language who are forbidden by tribal taboos from talking to each other. And the last surviving speaker of one Amazonian language, which is a parrot.
  • Mar 26, 2012
  • 12:47 PM

Stop Playing Games With Bilingual

Marion Scrymgour / The Northern Myth
My intention was that English should be learned in that way in the morning, and that Kunwinjku should be taught as a subject in its own right in the afternoon. I wanted to launch a policy (for the first time in Territory history) which would prioritise the teaching of Aboriginal languages as subjects in their own right throughout the whole of a student’s education, not just during the first five years of schooling.
  • Mar 22, 2012
  • 09:22 AM

Teachers urged to learn local language

Margaret Paul / ABC
There's a push to make it mandatory for teachers in predominately Indigenous schools to learn the local Aboriginal language. Kayleen Kerwin grew up speaking bits and pieces of her family's language - Paakantji. It wasn't until she was 43 years old that she became fluent, with the help of a local school teacher, Robert Lindsay.
  • Mar 07, 2012
  • 01:08 AM

IndigiTUBE: Media Made By And For The Indigenous People In Remote Australia

Rezwan / Global Voices Online
IndigiTUBE includes both a radio portal and a video streaming service. The website features videos in 25 different Indigenous languages with topics ranging from hunting, fishing and cooking shows, bird identification, music videos and traditional ceremonies.
  • Feb 22, 2012
  • 05:22 PM

Book speaks up for Indigenous language

ABC Local
An Aboriginal language centre in Western Australia's Pilbara says it hopes a bilingual story book will help preserve a traditional language described as critically endangered. The Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre has worked in collaboration with speakers of the Yinhawangka language, June and Joyce Inji, to create a children's picture book.
  • Feb 22, 2012
  • 09:32 AM

Elders track lost Indigenous languages

Alice Roberts / ABC Online
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics over 250 Indigenous languages were spoken in Australia before white settlement, just over half of those still exist today. Sadly the majority of those remaining languages are considered critically endangered but there are moves to change that. Workshops aimed at teaching people about Indigenous languages are being held across central Queensland this year.
  • Feb 21, 2012
  • 01:47 PM

Piecing together region's language puzzle (audio)

Skye Shannon / ABC Online
The Wiradjuri Aboriginal language teacher from Dubbo TAFE is calling on the community to assist in piecing together the old languages of the region, to get a better understanding of the pronunciations and locate the words and language specific to the various areas.
  • Feb 16, 2012
  • 10:52 AM

High-tech bid to save ancient Top End language

Jano Gibson / ABC Online
Researchers are developing a mobile phone application in an effort to help save an ancient Aboriginal language that is close to being lost forever. The language of Iwaidja is thousands of years old but on Croker Island in the Top End only about 150 people still speak it.
  • Jan 11, 2012
  • 03:55 PM

First Aboriginal language graduates

Great Lakes Advocate
THE first group of Aboriginal students and teachers to graduate with a Certificate I in Aboriginal Languages- Gathang have celebrated their year-long achievement at both Taree and Great Lakes TAFE campuses.
  • Dec 14, 2011
  • 10:44 PM

IndigiTUBE an outback video star (audio)

Nadine Maloney / ABC Online
Nevermind Youtube with it's billions of dollars and slick graphics, the video file sharing site that has everyone out bush in a buzz was created in Australia especially for videos made by Aboriginal people living in remote communities.
  • Dec 06, 2011
  • 12:00 PM

Shared stories enhance heritage

William Yeoman / The West Australian
he project he refers to is an indigenous language recovery project led by Scott and the Wirlomin Nyoongar Language & Stories Project. As Scott writes in the two illustrated books produced by the project, Mamang and Nyoongar Mambara Bakitj (UWAP, $24.95 each): "Stories live longer and stronger by being shared. Our intention was, and is, to claim, control and enhance our heritage....
  • Dec 05, 2011
  • 02:52 PM

Indigenous dictionary released on Straddie

Judith Kerr / Bayside Bulletin
Island elder Aunty Margaret Iselin and members of the Minjerribah Moorgumpin Elders-in-Council spent five years on the important task of saving Jandai, the language of the local Quandamooka people. "It might have taken five years to complete, but we now have a timeless record for future generations of our native Jandai language here on Stradbroke Island," she said.
  • Nov 18, 2011
  • 11:08 AM

Linguist revives lost Aboriginal language

Evan Schwarten / The Australian
Professor Tsunoda travelled to the Aboriginal community of Palm Island this week to re-establish a severed link with the past. As surprising as it may seem, he's the last living speaker of the Worrongo language, a native tongue of Aboriginal clans living around Townsville and Palm Island.
  • Nov 17, 2011
  • 02:32 AM

Fight for Nyoongar language

Anne Gartner / Canning Times
A QUEENS Park-based Aboriginal group is fighting to preserve the Nyoongar language. The language appears in Western Australian culture, and is featured on street signs, place names and during Welcome to Country ceremonies. However, Nyoongar Language Program interim chairman Joe Collard said such references were not understood and the language was slowly dying out.
  • Aug 26, 2011
  • 11:27 PM

Australian Endangered Languages Get Boost from Alumna

Georgetown University
August 23, 2011 – Amanda Hamilton (C’06) is doing her best to empower speakers of disappearing aboriginal languages in western Australia. “Language is essential to most people’s feelings of identity, so language loss represents a serious form of cultural dislocation,” notes Hamilton, a linguist at the Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre.
  • Aug 12, 2011
  • 11:06 AM

ANU linguist noted for language rescue work

The Canberra Times
Nicholas Evans is a man on a mission to save the world’s endangered languages. This week the Australian National University academic was honoured as Corresponding Fellow with the British Academy of humanities and social sciences for his work in linguistics.
  • Aug 11, 2011
  • 03:30 PM

Lost indigenous languages to be revived
THE NSW State Library is hoping to revive a number of lost indigenous languages using the letters and diaries of British naval officers, surveyors and missionaries.
  • Jul 28, 2011
  • 10:18 PM

Guest Lecture - Dharug and Lower Hawkesbury Historical Society

Express Advocate Gosford
Language historian Jeremy Steele will talk about his database of Indigenous languages, concentrating on important Brisbane Water vocabularies. We will take away some knowledge of Aboriginal grammar and learn how to pronounce five words.
  • Jul 26, 2011
  • 03:06 AM

Plan to preserve endangered languages

Bethany Hiatt / The West Australian
Charged with the task of keeping endangered languages alive, Aboriginal language teachers from across the State spent most of their school holiday break at a training course in Perth. Education Department Aboriginal languages co-ordinator Lola Jones said it was important for children to be exposed to languages that belonged to the area in which they lived.
  • Jul 16, 2011
  • 02:08 AM

Lost voices, different lives

Brisbane Times
In the decades when Yiddish still flourished, the indigenous languages of Victoria were also dying. Australia is the Armageddon of languages: the devastation of mother tongues has been on a scale that may have no equivalent anywhere in the world.
  • Jul 13, 2011
  • 03:56 PM

Saving Language

Laetitia Lemke / ABC Online
LOUISA REBGETZ, PRESENTER: A new push is underway to save the Northern Territory's Indigenous languages. The Northern Territory Library is launching a range of children's books that capture Indigenous stories in Indigenous languages. And in the community of Elliott about half way between Alice Springs and Darwin the new books are having a big impact.
  • Jul 13, 2011
  • 01:01 AM

Aboriginal anthem 'a truly uplifting experience' (video)

Dan Harrison / Sydney Morning Herald
An indigenous translation of Advance Australia Fair will be sent to 5000 schools across the nation with federal government funding to be announced today for NAIDOC week. The song, Kutju Australia (Go Forward Australia), was translated into the central Australian language of Luritja...
  • Jun 29, 2011
  • 01:06 AM

Compensation for lost languages

Verity Edwards / The Australian
Israeli-born Ghil'ad Zuckermann, a professor of linguistics and endangered languages at Adelaide University, said of the 250 known Aboriginal languages, only 15 were widely spoken or used by all age groups within a community.