Indigenous Alliance for Linguistic Research (IALR)

The Indigenous Alliance for Linguistic Research (IALR) was first established in May of 2019. Initially, a core group of Indigenous linguists met to work towards the formation of an alliance as a permanent forum that aims to support and encourage best ethical practice in linguistics. The broad aims of IALR are to: 

  • Promote high quality ethical linguistic research
  • Inform ethical linguistic practice by providing best practice guidelines for linguistic research in Indigenous communities
  • Continue to build our Indigenous knowledge base
  • Provide support for other Indigenous linguists
  • To provide guidance to non-Indigenous linguists
  • Provide agency and recognition for Indigenous knowledges and expertise
  • To secure sustainable ongoing funding for Indigenous languages that at least matches the funding provided to languages other than English that derive from outside Australia 

IALR was initially funded by the Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language (CoEDL) and has now also partnered with the Australian Linguistic Society (ALS).

IALR, alongside its partners, has formed a new study group called ‘Decolonising Linguistics: Spinning a New Yarn’. This study group aims to discuss topics of relevance to Indigenous communities involved in linguistic research and the field of linguistics more broadly, around framing a new ethical model for linguistic research based on a human rights agenda.

  • Australian Government
  • The University of Queensland
  • Australian National University
  • The University of Melbourne
  • Western Sydney University