What makes a multilingual community? (2014-2017)

The life of languages at Warruwi community

Dr Ruth Singer

ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) DE140100232

This project improved our understanding of the social and cultural practices that support multilingualism. It also contributed to the development of methodologies that do not make a priori assumptions about the relevance of particular social categories and language ideologies. The book will be the most detailed account of egalitarian multilingualism yet, adding to the slim literature on this type of societal multilingualism. Together with journal articles, it will provide evidence urgently needed for debates around the creation and maintenance of linguistic diversity. The 100 hours of carefully collected, annotated and archived data from the project was be a significant record of at least four endangered Australian Indigenous languages.