WGAR News: Some vital signs for Aboriginal languages: Michael Christie, Brian Devlin & Cathy Bow, The Conversation

Newsletter date: 9 April 2014

Contents:

* Michael Christie, Brian Devlin & Cathy Bow, The Conversation: Some vital signs for Aboriginal languages
* Brian Devlin, Snippets: Will Aboriginal languages still have a role in school learning?
* Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages (LAAL)
* Background to the use of Aboriginal languages in NT schools (bilingual learning)

* MICHAEL CHRISTIE, BRIAN DEVLIN & CATHY BOW, THE CONVERSATION: SOME VITAL SIGNS FOR ABORIGINAL LANGUAGES

- Analysis / Opinion

The Conversation: Some vital signs for Aboriginal languages
http://theconversation.com/some-vital-signs-for-aboriginal-languages-25148
7 April 14: "Attitudes and policies relating to Australian Indigenous languages are in a state of flux. The Northern Territory government is reportedly again aiming to banish Aboriginal languages from the classroom. But there’s good news too: the Australian Research Council has approved a second round of funding for the Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages, which is being launched today in Darwin. Building the archive: The Living Archive is a digital collection of materials in Australian Indigenous languages from around the Northern Territory. Most of the current collection was produced by Literature Production Centres at schools with bilingual programs over several decades from 1973." Michael Christie, Brian Devlin & Cathy Bow

Michael Christie - The Conversation
Professor of Education at Charles Darwin University
http://theconversation.com/profiles/michael-christie-101265/profile_bio
"Michael worked in Yolŋu communities as a teacher linguist in the 1970s and 1980s, and started the Yolŋu Studies program at Charles Darwin University with Waymamba Gaykamaŋu and a group of advisers in 1994. Currently leading the research team in Indigenous Governance and Knowledge Systems at the Northern Institute, CDU, his research interests are Yolŋu languages and culture, Yolŋu philosophy and education, and transdisciplinary and indigenous research. ... "

Brian Devlin - The Conversation
Chief Investigator, Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages at Charles Darwin University
http://theconversation.com/profiles/brian-devlin-122006/profile_bio
"Dr Brian Devlin has been Guest Professor, Australian and Indigenous Studies, at the University of Köln, Germany, and Visiting Foreign Expert at Xinghua University in Beijng. Designated an 'expert of inter-national standing' by the ARC College of Experts in 2007, he is currently Associate Professor of Bilingual Education and Applied Linguistics at Charles Darwin University."

Cathy Bow - The Conversation
Project manager - Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages at Charles Darwin University
http://theconversation.com/profiles/cathy-bow-122007/profile_bio
"Project manager for the Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages (www.cdu.edu.au/laal)"

* BRIAN DEVLIN, SNIPPETS: WILL ABORIGINAL LANGUAGES STILL HAVE A ROLE IN SCHOOL LEARNING?

- Analysis / Opinion

Snippets: Will Aboriginal languages still have a role in school learning?
http://galkila.wordpress.com/2014/03/30/will-aboriginal-languages-still-...
30 Mar 14: "Current NT Government policies do not appear to favour the use of Indigenous languages in the classroom, but the Australian Research Council has recently agreed to fund a second stage of the Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages. ... The Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages (LAAL) is a digital collection of materials in Australian Indigenous languages and English from around the Northern Territory. These materials were produced by Literature Production Centres at schools with bilingual programs over several decades from 1973. With funding assistance from the Australian Research Council the books have been catalogued and digitised, and with permission from the original creators, uploaded to the LAAL website." Brian Devlin

* LIVING ARCHIVE OF ABORIGINAL LANGUAGES (LAAL)

- Living Archive

Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages (LAAL)
http://www.cdu.edu.au/laal/
http://laal.cdu.edu.au/
"The Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages is a digital archive of endangered literature in Australian Indigenous languages from around the Northern Territory. This is a living archive, with connections to the people and communities where the books were created. This will allow for collaborative research work with the Indigenous authorities and communities. There are already hundreds of items in 25 languages from all over the NT. Click on the map to enter the archive. Stage one involved collecting books from the various Literature Production Centres at schools which had bilingual education programs. These books were catalogued and digitised, and with permission from the original creators, uploaded to this website."

* BACKGROUND TO THE USE OF ABORIGINAL LANGUAGES IN NT SCHOOLS (BILINGUAL EDUCATION):

Last updated: 25 March 2014

http://indymedia.org.au/2012/05/05/background-to-the-use-of-aboriginal-l...

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