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RUIL Research Newsletter September 2022

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.

The Top End Language Forum

On 6-7 June 2022, 60+ delegates from 10+ Aboriginal communities in the region gathered in Darwin to discuss what they want for their languages by the end of the UNESCO International Decade of Indigenous Languages. The meeting was held entirely for and by Aboriginal community representatives, facilitated by Rarrtjiwuy Melanie Herdman. Continue reading...

Working on sign with Wangka Maya

In July Jennifer Green travelled to Port Hedland, WA, invited by Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre to work on their Wurtungu Pilbara Aboriginal Sign Language documentation project. Jennifer worked with Wangka Maya’s language team, including Yulparija Language Worker Vincent Thomas and Senior Linguist Annie Cameron. Together they made video recordings with signers/speakers of Thiinma, Warriyangka, Manyjilyjarra, Yulparija, Warnman and Nyangumarta. Continue reading...

PARADISEC visit the Cheokee Nation

The Cherokee are one of the biggest Native American groups, and there are some 3,000 speakers of the Cherokee language. As with many other indigenous languages, there is a desire for younger people to speak and pass on the language. In June PARADISEC members Marco La Rosa and RUIL Deputy Director Nick Thieberger traveled to Talehquah in Oklahoma for a week of training and developing a system for describing their existing collections. Continue reading...

RUIL Research Newsletter September 2022