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Strikingly presented, and with a colourful layout Australia's Indigenous Languages proves that text books don't need to be boring. This book should appeal not only to those interested in language, but to anyone looking to improve their broad understanding of indigenous culture.

The 250 page publication from the Senior Secondary Assessment Board of South Australia, guides the reader to an understanding of the historical and cultural issues affecting the languages of indigenous people, while clearly identifying their role within contemporary social structures.

The project was directed by a National Steering Committee consisting of indigenous language specialists, linguists, teachers of Australian indigenous languages, representatives of peak indigenous organisations across Australia, and involved consultation with community groups.

Within the text, comprehensive coverage is given to subjects such as Distribution, Language and Culture, Identity, Sound and Writing Systems, Revival and Reclamation, Grammar, Aboriginal English and Australian Creoles.

Recognizing that many Australians have not heard an indigenous language, the project team developed a CD-Rom to accompany the book.

This presents the sounds of the Walmajarri language, of the Great Sandy Desert to illustrate concepts discussed in the text.

Also available are the publications

  • Australian Indigenous Languages in Practice. This documents school programs in use in SA, NT, VIC, and WA as well as NT University courses.
  • Australian Indigenous Language Framework. The basic document which individual States and Territories can use to construct syllabuses according to their specifications and desires.

Australia's Indigenous Languages was edited by Dave Nathan and coordinated by Project Officer Simone Tur. The cost of the book is $20 plus $2.50 postage.

Enquiries can be directed to:
Simone Tur
AILF Project Officer
Phone 08 8372 7519
Fax 08 8372 7592.