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"Talking language with Ernie Dingo"


Date: 14 November 2014

Associate Professor Rachel Nordlinger from the University of Melbourne's Research Unit for Indigenous Language says currently there are several programs aiming to revive extinct languages.

"The role of Indigenous languages across Australia varies enormously, but there are a lot of communities still across Australia where the Indigenous language is still the language that everybody uses. So for those kids, and those youth, the Indigenous language is still their language. That's the language they think in, that's the language they speak to their friends in. I think there is a lot of interest among those people in Indigenous communities to try to maintain a connection to that language. All around Australia we engaged in language programs, language revitalisation programs, language maintenance programs to try to re-learn or maintain their Indigenous languages."

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