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Indigenous Languages


The Wave Hill Walk Off is commemorated widely but what happened to Gurindji people on their own country before the Walk Off is less well known. A new publication, told bilingually in Gurindji and English, shares what Gurindji people want the world to know about what happened. <b>Greg Dickson</b> reviews <i>Yijarni: True Stories from Gurindji Country</i>.

Yijarni: True Stories from Gurindji Country – a sad, marvellous historical canon

The Wave Hill Walk Off is commemorated widely but what happened to Gurindji people on their own country before the Walk Off is less well known. A new publication, told bilingually in Gurindji and English, shares what Gurindji people want the world to know about what happened. Greg Dickson reviews Yijarni: True Stories from Gurindji Country.

Aboriginal Northern Territory MP Bess Price is fighting to be able to use her first language, Warlpiri, in parliament. She argues that it's only fair given it's her first language and the language of half her constituency. The Parliament's Speaker continues to affirm that English is the language of the Assembly. <b>Greg Dickson</b> explores the debate further:

"I am determined to be tenacious in relation to the use of my language": Bess Price and breaking the English hegemony in NT Parliament

Aboriginal Northern Territory MP Bess Price is fighting to be able to use her first language, Warlpiri, in parliament. She argues that it's only fair given it's her first language and the language of half her constituency. The Parliament's Speaker continues to affirm that English is the language of the Assembly. Greg Dickson explores the debate further:

We Australians don't know much about the languages spoken in our own country - so Fully Sic is here to help! We're featuring a series of posts about languages spoken around the country. Today, <b>Rosie Sitorus</b> tells us about Wajarri.

Spotlighting Australia's Languages: Wajarri

We Australians don't know much about the languages spoken in our own country - so Fully Sic is here to help! We're featuring a series of posts about languages spoken around the country. Today, Rosie Sitorus tells us about Wajarri.

Many of us have heard about the Indigenous literacy gap - but probably think it applies only to English. <b>Greg Dickson</b> takes a look at Indigenous literacy from the perspective of Indigenous languages, busts some myths and finds an even bigger "gap".

Indigenous languages, literacy and the myth of the "unwritten language"

Many of us have heard about the Indigenous literacy gap - but probably think it applies only to English. Greg Dickson takes a look at Indigenous literacy from the perspective of Indigenous languages, busts some myths and finds an even bigger "gap".

We Australians don't know much about the languages spoken in our own country - so Fully Sic is here to help! Over the coming months, we'll be featuring a series of posts about languages spoken around the country. Today, <b>James Bednall</b> tells us about Anindilyakwa.

Spotlighting Australia's languages: Anindilyakwa

We Australians don't know much about the languages spoken in our own country - so Fully Sic is here to help! Over the coming months, we'll be featuring a series of posts about languages spoken around the country. Today, James Bednall tells us about Anindilyakwa.

Last month, a parent got hot under the collar over a school's teaching of Australia's National Anthem in an Indigenous language. Linguist <b>Lauren Gawne</b> responds.

"Take our words away": Hyperbolic fear of Australia's Indigenous heritage

Last month, a parent got hot under the collar over a school's teaching of Australia's National Anthem in an Indigenous language. Linguist Lauren Gawne responds.

More and more Australians are embracing the idea that our first languages should be taught in schools. Faced with high levels of language endangerment and loss, everyone's hoping for a quick fix. <b>John Hobson</b> takes a look at what works and what doesn’t. The conclusion: it’s a complex matter. Language teaching requires not only time and hard work but, most of all, well-trained teachers.

Who will teach our* languages?

More and more Australians are embracing the idea that our first languages should be taught in schools. Faced with high levels of language endangerment and loss, everyone's hoping for a quick fix. John Hobson takes a look at what works and what doesn’t. The conclusion: it’s a complex matter. Language teaching requires not only time and hard work but, most of all, well-trained teachers.

In Ngukurr this week, <b>Greg Dickson</b> discovered that not everyone is impressed by Nigel Scullion's $46 million Remote School Attendance Strategy. Either that or it's just good fun to get out there and write some graffiti in Kriol.

Graffiti in Kriol: what one Ngukurr resident thinks of Scullion's attendance minions

In Ngukurr this week, Greg Dickson discovered that not everyone is impressed by Nigel Scullion's $46 million Remote School Attendance Strategy. Either that or it's just good fun to get out there and write some graffiti in Kriol.

First, they rejected Gonski because too much funding would go to remote community schools. Now, the NT Education department is cutting positions that are key in supporting Aboriginal students who don't speak English at home. <b>Greg Dickson</b> demonstrates the benefit that such support positions can bring and argues that the NT Government's handling of education could easily cause the much-discussed "gap" to widen rather than narrow.

How cuts to the NT Education Department could widen the gap

First, they rejected Gonski because too much funding would go to remote community schools. Now, the NT Education department is cutting positions that are key in supporting Aboriginal students who don't speak English at home. Greg Dickson demonstrates the benefit that such support positions can bring and argues that the NT Government's handling of education could easily cause the much-discussed "gap" to widen rather than narrow.

Last week, Indigenous languages got some media attention when it was revealed that documents discovered in the archives of the NSW State Library are shedding new light on some little-known languages. <b>Claire Bowern</b> has more on the story and describes how interesting, challenging and worthwhile archival materials can be for efforts to strengthen Aboriginal languages.

Raiders of the Lost Archives

Last week, Indigenous languages got some media attention when it was revealed that documents discovered in the archives of the NSW State Library are shedding new light on some little-known languages. Claire Bowern has more on the story and describes how interesting, challenging and worthwhile archival materials can be for efforts to strengthen Aboriginal languages.