Blog: Indigenous Australian Languages

 

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Searching for Something About Emus

Family members of some of the Bininj contributors pictured here with editor Murray Garde

Literature and storiesIndigenous Australian Languages

5 Jul 2017 Murray Garde

I had been living and working in western Arnhem Land since the late 1980s and had learned languages which linguists now collectively refer to as Bininj Kunwok, so the obvious thing to do was to record the stories in the first language of those people who had expert knowledge about ngurrurdu or kurdukadji ‘the emu’.

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Arthur Capell and language codes

Capell, A. 1963. Linguistic Survey of Australia. AIAS

Indigenous Australian LanguagesIndigenous languagesLinguisticsArchives and archivingAustralia’s heritage – The AIATSIS Collections

11 Oct 2016 Dr Kazuko Obata

For many years, AIATSIS has been looking after Arthur Capell’s archive of over 230 reels that contain language recordings.

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Archival finding aids and discoverability

Tasaku Tsunoda

Indigenous Australian LanguagesArchives and archivingAustralia’s heritage – The AIATSIS Collections

5 Oct 2016 Fiona Blackburn

Archives, or manuscript collections, form over time.  In the process, a structure develops, a shape which reflects the way the content has been created and organised.  

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Literacy in language

AIATSIS linguists Amanda Lissarrague (Collections – Print) and Rhonda Smith (Collections – Audio) with visitor Dr Ray Kelly, University of Newcastle

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14 Sep 2016 Amanda Lissarrague

The AIATSIS Australian Indigenous Languages Collection was established in 1981.

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