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RUIL Research Newsletter May 2020

Welcome to the latest newsletter of the Research Unit for Indigenous Language. This newsletter is published thrice yearly and contains details of the research activities, latest news and other achievements of the Research Unit.

Yäku ga Rirrakay (Sounds and Letters)

Jill Wigglesworth spent 10 days in Yirrkala in early March, just before COVID-19 cut off contact with communities and disrupted flights. Jill visited to work on the final stages of an app designed to teach children phonological awareness... Continue reading...

Murrinhpatha Languages in Darwin Prison

This February–March, Murrinhpatha elder Nguluyguy Margaret Perdjert, with the help of Murrinhpatha linguist Nguvudirr Jeremiah Tunmuck and RUIL member John Mansfield, trialled a new type of language activity in Darwin prison. Speakers of Aboriginal languages in northern Australia are... Continue reading...


Our thoughts and support are with our friends and collaborators isolated in remote communities during this time. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, especially those living in remote communities, are at greater risk from COVID-19. We fully support... Continue reading...

RUIL Research Newsletter May 2020