This unit of study examines language in Indigenous Australia. It is said that of the 250 distinct Aboriginal languages spoken in 1788, just 20 languages are expected to survive another few generations. This unit of study will challenge this grim and oft-quoted statistic. We will see that new Aboriginal languages have emerged, apparently moribund languages have been gaining strength and distinctive Aboriginal ways of talking have survived. We consider why some languages have prospered while others have declined. We explore how Indigenous languages have responded to the challenges of non-Indigenous settlement, in such arenas as education, land rights and health.
2x1500wd project (50%), 1x3000wd essay (50%)
24 credit points