UNESCO Year of Indigenous Languages 20192023-07-20T11:53:21+01:00

UNESCO Year of Indigenous Languages 2019

In celebration of the UNESCO declaration of 2019 as the Year of Indigenous Languages, the Centre for Australian Studies talked to several scholars and Indigenous experts on their work and experiences with Indigenous languages and cultures in Australia. We also had the pleasure to release an edited volume titled Fire, Water and Land in Indigenous Australia. 

Fire, Water and Land in Indigenous Australia

We are proud to announce the publication of a new open access publication in conjunction with the UNESCO Year of Indigenous Languages, “Fire, Water and Land in Indigenous Australia”, edited by Marie Carla D. Adone and Melanie A. Brück from the Centre for Australian Studies. Available cost-free online via the Cologne University Publication Server here.

Interview with Prof Robert Amery

Interview with Prof Robert Amery (Head of Linguistics, University of Adelaide). For 30 years he has worked closely with Kaurna people and their language, developing teaching programs, producing Kaurna language resources and implementing strategies to re-introduce the sleeping Kaurna language. In 2002 together with Kaurna Elders he formed Kaurna Warra Pintyanthi (KWP) to coordinate the Kaurna Reclamation Project. For further info on Kaurna language and its reclamtion click here and here.

Interview with Dr Bentley James

Interview with Dr Bentley James. You can find out more about Laurie Baymarrwaŋa and her legacy here and here, and her and Bentley James’ work on The Illustrated Handbook of Yolŋu Sign Language of North East Arnhem Land here.

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples are advised that this video may contain the images of people who have passed away.

Interview with Dr Doug Marmion (AIATSIS)

Interview with Dr Doug Marmion (AIATSIS). Dr Marmion is involved in a number of current projects, including the AUSTLANG database, a project for the revival of the Ngunawal language, the National Indigenous Languages Report (NILR), a major Indigenous language dictionaries project, and the 2019 Paper & Talk project. Dr Marmion is an affiliate of CoEDL, the Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language, more information here.

Further information about Dr Marmion’s work at AIATSIS can be found here.

Interview with Daniel Browning (ABC Radio National)

Interview with Daniel Browning (ABC Radio National).

Daniel Browning is an Aboriginal journalist, radio broadcaster, documentary maker, sound artist and writer. Currently, he produces and presents Awaye! on ABC RN, which surveys contemporary Indigenous cultural practice across the arts spectrum. He is a former guest editor of Artlink Indigenous and the curator of Blak Box, a specially-designed sound pavilion commissioned by Urban Theatre Projects. Daniel is a descendant of the Bundjalung and Kullilli peoples of far northern New South Wales and south-western Queensland.

More information about the work of Daniel Browning can be found here and here.

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