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Heather Toby, Ellen Richards, Julie Roughsey and Nancy Wilson at the Lardil Dictionary launch. photo Kelly Jailer
Heather Toby, Ellen Richards, Julie Roughsey and Nancy Wilson at the Lardil Dictionary launch. photo Kelly Jailer
Cassie Nancarrow is a linguist working at Mornington Island State School. With members of the Ngakulmungan Kangka Leman (Language Committee), Cassie gives an update of projects currently keeping the Islanders busy.



In May the new Lardil Dictionary was launched at the Festival Ground, Gununa, Mornington Island. Many Lardil people old and young came along to help make it a big occasion, and local Community Development Employment Program workers shared two dugong amongst the families present. Elders spoke of the importance of learning Lardil, the language that comes from and belongs to this country.

They encouraged people to read the dictionary, and if they have any questions about language, to ask their Elders.
Ken Hale began work on the dictionary with Lardil Elders as far back as 1960, however it wasn't until last year that
Ngakulmungan Kangka Leman (the Language Committee) worked with linguists to check the dictionary for publication.

The publishing itself was administered by Mornington Shire Council, with support from Mornington Island State School, and partial funding through ATSILIP. The Lardil Dictionary is now available by contacting:

Mrs Catrina Felton-Busch Mornington Shire Council. Phone 077 457 200.