Re-awakening Languages

Theory and Practice in the Revitalisation of Australia's Indigenous Languages

Edited by John Hobson, Kevin Lowe, Susan Poetsch, and Michael Walsh

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Format: paperback
488 pages
ISBN: 9781920899554
Publication: 15 Nov 2010

The Indigenous languages of Australia have been undergoing a renaissance over recent decades. Many languages that had long ceased to be heard in public and consequently deemed 'dead' or 'extinct', have begun to emerge.

Geographically and linguistically isolated, revitalisers of Indigenous Australian languages have often struggled to find guidance for their circumstances, unaware of the others walking a similar path. In this context Re-awakening Languages seeks to provide the first comprehensive snapshot of the actions and aspirations of Indigenous people and their supporters for the revitalisation of Australian languages in the 21st century.

The contributions to this volume describe the satisfactions and tensions of this ongoing struggle. They also draw attention to the need for effective planning and strong advocacy at the highest political and administrative levels, if language revitalisation in Australia is to be successful and people's efforts are to have longevity.

John Hobson is a lecturer in Indigenous education at the University of Sydney.

Kevin Lowe is a post doctoral research fellow at Macquarie University.

Michael Walsh is an honorary associate of linguistics at the University of Sydney.

Susan Poetsch is a lecturer in Indigenous education at the University of Sydney.

Dedication
Acknowledgements
Conventions
Foreword
Jeannie Bell
About the authors
Introduction: re-awakening Australian languages
John Hobson, Kevin Lowe, Susan Poetsch and Michael Walsh

Part 1: language policy and planning
Introduction: language policy and planning
John Hobson
1. Closing the policy-practice gap: making Indigenous language policy more than empty rhetoric
Adriano Truscott and Ian Malcolm
2. Why language revitalisation sometimes works
Michael Walsh
3. Our ways of learning in Aboriginal languages
Tyson Kaawoppa Yunkaporta

Part 2: languages in communities
Introduction: languages in communities
Kevin Lowe
4. Monitoring the use of Kaurna
Rob Amery
5. Introducing Wiradjuri language in Parkes
Geoff Anderson
6. Going public with language: involving the wider community in language revitalisation
Knut J. Olawsky
7. Ngapartji Ngapartji: Indigenous language in the arts
Beth Sometimes and Alex Kelly
8. Awakening or awareness: are we being honest about the retrieval and revival of Australia’s Aboriginal languages?
Trevor Stockley

Part 3: language centres and programs
Introduction: language centres and programs
Michael Walsh
9. Maam ngawaala: biindu ngaawa nyanggan bindaayili. Language centres: keeping language strong
Anna Ash, Pauline Hooler, Gary Williams and Ken Walker
10. Language centre as language revitalisation strategy: a case study from the Pilbara
Sally Dixon and Eleonora Deak
11. Whose language centre is it anyway?
Kimberley Language Resource Centre
12. Revitalisation strategies for Miriwoong
Knut J. Olawsky

Part 4: language in education
Introduction: language in education
Susan Poetsch and Kevin Lowe
13. Using identical resources to teach young and adult language learners
Ursula Brown
14. Aboriginal languages programs in TAFE NSW: delivery initiatives and strategies
Jackie Cipollone
15. Reclamation process for Dharug in Sydney using song
Richard Green
16. Developing the Dhurga Program at Vincentia High School: the language teacher’s perspective
Karen Lane
17. So you want to work with the community? Principles and strategies for school leaders affecting the establishment of Aboriginal language programs
Kevin Lowe and Peter Howard
18. Establishing a school language program: the Parkes High School experience
Stephen Maier
19. Language revitalisation: community and school programs working together
Diane McNaboe and Susan Poetsch
20. The importance of understanding language ecologies for revitalisation
Felicity Meakins
21. The rebirth of Wergaia: a collaborative effort
Julie Reid
22. Strategies for doing the possible: supporting school Aboriginal language programs in NSW
Mari Rhydwen

Part 5: literacy and oracy
Introduction: literacy and oracy
Michael Walsh
23. Questions of fluency in Australian languages revitalisation
John Hobson
24. Sounds, spelling and learning to read an Aboriginal language
Caroline Jones, Paul Chandler and Kevin Lowe
25. English influence on the pronunciation of re-awakened Aboriginal languages
Nicholas Reid

Part 6: language and technology
Introduction: language and technology
John Hobson
26. Increasing the accessibility of information on the Indigenous languages of Victoria
Heather Bowe, Julie Reid and Kathy Lynch
27. Flexible IT resources for community language reclamation: using culturally appropriate contexts
Cat Kutay, George Fisher and Richard Green
28. Electronic dictionaries for language reclamation
Aidan Wilson

Part 7: language documentation
Introduction: language documentation
Michael Walsh
29. Libraries, languages and linking up
Faith Baisden
30. Yan-nhaŋu language documentation and revitalisation
Claire Bowern and Bentley James
31. A house already lived in
Christina Eira and Lynnette Solomon-Dent
32. Bringing the language home: the Ngarrindjeri dictionary project
Mary-Anne Gale and Syd Sparrow
33. The development of the Gamilaraay, Yuwaalaraay and Yuwaalayaay dictionary
John Giacon
34. Emergency language documentation teams: the Cape York Peninsula experience
Clair Hill and Patrick McConvell

Index

'Re-awakening Languages has a very broad scope but it also has enough detail to be useful to many specific interests. It is an excellent introduction to the current issues around Australian Indigenous languages. It would be particularly valuable to managers in the various education systems who have too often demonstrated rather limited understanding of this area.'
John Henderson   The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education

Format: paperback
Size: 250 × 176 × 35 mm
488 pages
15 b&w tables and 21 b&w illustrations
Copyright: © 2010
ISBN: 9781920899554
Publication: 15 Nov 2010