Jaru (Australia) – language snapshot

Josua Dahmen, Francesco Possemato, Joe Blythe

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Abstract

Jaru is an endangered Australian Aboriginal language spoken in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia. Intergenerational transmission of Jaru is in the process of being disrupted and children are usually socialised in the English-based creole language Kriol, which also serves as a lingua franca of the wider area. Previous work on Jaru includes a reference grammar by Tsunoda (1981), and community-oriented publications by the Kimberley Language Resource Centre. Current research aims to document and explore interactional practices of Jaru speakers in ordinary conversation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)142-149
Number of pages8
JournalLanguage Documentation and Description
Volume17
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jul 2020

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