Endangered Languages of Australia

Before colonisation, about two to three hundred languages were spoken in Australia. Today perhaps fifty are still spoken, but only a handful are spoken by children. These languages are gravely endangered. Our goals are to support the language owners in maintaining and reclaiming the languages, and to document the languages for future generations.
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This page has still being developed.

In the meantime, however, please visit the following links to find out more about research into endangered Australian languages:

Teaching NSW's Indigenous languages: lessons from elsewhere. Paper commissioned by the NSW Office of the Board of Studies by Michael Walsh (2005)

The Revitalization of Aboriginal Languages in Australia by Michael Walsh (2005)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation of Languages
http://www.fatsil.org/

The Aboriginal Studies Electronic Data Archive (ASEDA)
http://coombs.anu.edu.au/SpecialProj/ASEDA

Ara Irititja
http://www.irititja.com/

Australian National placenames Survey
http://www.anps.mq.edu.au/

DAA. 2004. NSW Aboriginal Languages Policy.
http://www.daa.nsw.gov.au/policies/langpolicy.html

NSW Aboriginal Languages Research and Resource Centre
http://www.alrrc.nsw.gov.au

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages
http://www.vaclang.org.au/about.htm

Board of Studies NSW. (1998). New South Wales Aboriginal languages interim framework K-10.
http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/aboriginal_research/pdf_doc/aborlang_inframe.pdf

Board of Studies NSW. (2003a). Aboriginal languages: advice on programmihttp://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/syllabus_sc/pdf_doc/ab_lang_k10_support.docng and assessment for stages 4 and 5.
http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/syllabus_sc/pdf_doc/ab_lang_k10_support.doc

Board of Studies NSW. (2003b). Aboriginal languages K-10: descriptions of levels of achievement consultation draft.
http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/syllabus_sc/pdf_doc/ab_language_K10_dla.pdf

Board of Studies NSW. (2003c). Aboriginal languages. Mandatory and elective courses. K10 syllabus.
http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/syllabus_sc/pdf_doc/ab_language_k10_syl.doc

NT Department of Employment, Education and Training (2002) NT Curriculum Framework. Indigenous Language and Culture Syllabus, pp. 483-554.
http://www.schools.nt.edu.au/curricbr/cf/pilotmats/new_pdfs/ilc/Indigenous_lang&cult.pdf


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