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

wamutFeb 18, 201611 Comments

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:

Spotlighting Australia's Languages: Wajarri

Spotlighting Australia's Languages: Wajarri

Rosie SitorusOct 1, 20152 Comments

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.

Indigenous languages, literacy and the myth of the

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

wamutSep 10, 20159 Comments

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".

Spotlighting Australia's languages: Anindilyakwa

Spotlighting Australia's languages: Anindilyakwa

Fully (sic)Sep 3, 201510 Comments

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.

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

Lauren GawneApr 9, 20152 Comments

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.

Who will teach our* languages?

Who will teach our* languages?

Fully (sic)Aug 27, 20143 Comments

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.

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

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

wamutApr 16, 2014

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.

How cuts to the NT Education Department could widen the gap

How cuts to the NT Education Department could widen the gap

wamutOct 31, 20134 Comments

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.

Raiders of the Lost Archives

Raiders of the Lost Archives

Claire BowernSep 2, 2013

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.

LOTEs in the Election: your guide to linguistically-talented candidates

LOTEs in the Election: your guide to linguistically-talented candidates

wamutAug 28, 20136 Comments

With the election campaign in full-swing, you could be forgiven for thinking all the candidates are monolingual English speakers. Not true. Here's a starter's guide to people on your ballot paper who speak Languages Other Than English (LOTEs). But why didn't you know all this before? Greg Dickson argues it's part of politics race to the bottom to appeal to a dumbed-down notion of middle Australia.

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