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Public lecture: Being language

Date: 8 February 2016

The Public lecture: Being language: Roles, responsibility and respect in Ngaanyatjarra society was held on Monday, 8 February 2016 at the Western Sydney University Bankstown Campus during CoEDL Fest 2016.

The speakers delivered a moving lecture about:

How you speak and what you talk about reveals much about your society and its worldview, how you manage knowledge, what you consider beautiful, and how you relate to others. Drawing on a large collection of recordings of verbal arts from the Western Desert region of Central Australia, Ellis will paint a lively picture of the multimodal communicative repertoires used by her Ngaanyatjarra/Ngaatjatjarra people. She, Green, Kral and Simpson will focus on the manner in which narrative practices reveal and instil core cultural values and impart knowledge to the next generation.

The speakers were:

  • Elizabeth Ellis - ARC Discovery Indigenous Fellow, School of Literature Languages and Linguistics, Australian National University
  • Dr Inge Kral -  Research Fellow (Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research/School of Literature Languages and Linguistics)/ ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language, Australian National University
  • Professor Jane Simpson - Chair of Indigenous Linguistics/Deputy Director, ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language, Australian National University
  • Dr Jennifer Green - Postdoctoral Fellow,  ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language, School of Languages and Linguistics, The University of Melbourne
  • Australian Government
  • The University of Queensland
  • Australian National University
  • The University of Melbourne
  • Western Sydney University