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Abralin ao Vivo recorded: Australia's First Nations Languages

Outreach, Rachel Nordlinger

Date: 10 July 2020

Abralin ao Vivo recorded session: Australia's First Nations Languages - Lessons for Linguistics

Presenters: Clint Bracknell Rob Mailhammer Marija Tabain Rachel Nordlinger Alice Gaby Ilana Mushin

Moderator: Maïa Ponsonnet


Australia is home to the world’s oldest living cultures. The languages of Australia’s First Nations were formed and shaped continuously over 60 millennia, and massively disrupted by the advent of colonisation 232 years ago. The sounds, grammars, meanings and modes of expression of First Nations languages are understood today by linguists to provide unique insights into human language capability and diversity. This panel will touch on some of the big questions in Theoretical Linguistics – in Historical Linguistics, Morphosyntax, Phonetics, Semantics and Pragmatics - that can be better explained through attention to Australia’s First Nations languages.

Abralin ao Vivo - Linguists Online is an initiative of Abralin - Associação Brasileira de Linguística in cooperation with several linguistics associations

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