Victorian language areas defined PDF Print E-mail

The Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages is proud to announce the distribution of its most recent publication, "Aboriginal Language Areas in Victoria". This report sets out to identify traditional boundaries as they existed at the time of first contact with Europeans.

The introduction states "The community boundaries for contemporary Victorian organisations do not follow the traditional language boundaries, therefore there is a need to identify traditional boundaries to recognise which community organisation is custodian for each language."

Thirty six languages were identified as having been spoken in the region now bounded by the state of Victoria. In addition, nineteen sub-dialects have been identified in seven languages.

The inventory of languages discusses the meaning of language names (where known) and relevant dialects. A map of the language areas is included. The report was produced for the V.A.C.L by Ian D. Clark.