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Addressing indigenous language issues

Bilingual programs, researching language and culture and designing a dictionary are just some of the topics proposed for the 1998 Australian Linguistics Institute, to be held in Brisbane next July 6 - 16th. The conference is staged every two years, providing a program of advanced and special interest courses for linguists and others involved in language, with workshops on linguistics and their practical applications.

ALI-92 and ALI-94 included programs specifically applicable to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages, and these will be reintroduced for the '98 conference. Organizers Robert Hoogenraad and Melanie Wilkinson aim to provide a selection of topics which not only highlight the most frequent concerns of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in working to revive, revitalise or maintain their languages, but also to address the kind of research that is necessary to carry out a successful teaching program. Robert and Melanie are keen to hear from anyone who could act as a presenter for the workshops.

Topics currently being considered for the course include;

  • Language maintenance and bilingual programs: what is possible?
  • How languages change, and why?
  • Learning an ATSI language. Managing an ATSI language and culture program.
  • Research for teaching ATSI language and culture.
  • How to make a dictionary.

The ATSI component is being run in the first week of the ten day conference. Participants will be invited to stay on and attend the general sessions dealing with subjects such as Pidgins, Creoles and other Language contact varieties. Second language acquisition and Language and the law amongst many others.

Alternatively participants may wish to organise further workshops with others who share their interests. The 1998 Australian Language Institute is being held at the University of Queensland, St. Lucia, Brisbane. If you would like more information contact.:

Robert Hoogenraad
CAPD, IAD.
PO Box. 2531
Alice Springs.
NT. 0871
Phone. 0889 511 338
Fax. 0889 531 884
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Melanie Wilkinson.
NTED. East Arnhem Land Regional Office.
PO Box 446 Nhulunbuy,
NT. 0881
Phone. 0889 872 955
Fax. 0889 872 790
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Or contact the World Wide Web site http://www.cltr.uq.oz.au:8000/ALI98