The Australian Society for Indigenous Languages (AuSIL) is committed to serving indigenous language communities in Australia and the Timor region by means of linguistic research and documentation, translation, training, and the development of language resources.
First Languages Australia works to ensure that the wishes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members are voiced in key decision-making processes that impact on the current and future management of their languages. This will in turn shape the survival of Australia's traditional languages into the future. Offers links and guides to working on Indigenous language programs across Australia.
The papers in the volume span almost every major topic relating to language endangerment and documentation: the language-culture interface, archiving, technological advances, and field reports on particular projects and regions, as well as curriculum development.
A guide to Aboriginal languages, with illustrative vocabularies. The first part is a survey of the indigenous languages of NSW and ACT, giving information about dialects, locations and resources for language revitalisation; the second part provides word-lists in practical spelling for 42 distinct language varieties.
This Encyclopaedia is a repository of the cultural and linguistic knowledge of the Yanyuwa, the Saltwater people of the coastal and island country near Borroloola in the Northern Territory of Australia. Volume 1 covers the Yanyuwa and their country; historical and contemporary recorders and recordings of their language; over 100 song poetry texts, many short but others involving extended song cycles, with translations; Ancestral Dreaming stories, with translations. Volume 2 convers Yanyuwa grammar, the sounds of Yanyuwa; special dialects; the 16 noun classes, as well as avoidance noun forms; pronouns; adjectives; and verbs. Part 2 offers a comprehensive Yanyuwa - English dictionary. Part 3 is an English - Yanyuwa word finder.
The Languages and Linguistics of Australia: A Comprehensive Guide is part of the multi-volume reference work on the languages and linguistics of the continents of the world. The volume provides a thorough overview of Australian languages including language endangerment, language contact and language loss. Australian English, Aboriginal English and other English varieties are also discussed.
Language and Culture in Aboriginal Australia provides a series of studies of aspects of language and culture in different parts of Aboriginal Australia. Chapters deal with subjects including why a young Aboriginal woman in rural Australia might end up pleading guilty to a crime she didn't commit; the picture of 'language ownership' which can be drawn from recent research on land rights; what we know of the first white settlers' attempts to learn the language of the Sydney region; the first dictionaries compiled in South Australia; and how Aboriginal languages are now being used in the media and education.