Re-awakening languages: theory and practice in the revitalisation of Australia's Indigenous languages

John Hobson (Editor), Kevin Lowe (Editor), Susan Poetsch (Editor), Michael Walsh (Editor)

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Abstract

The Indigenous languages of Australia have been undergoing a renaissance over recent decades. Many languages that had long ceased to be heard in public and consequently deemed 'dead' or 'extinct', have begun to emerge. Geographically and linguistically isolated, revitalisers of Indigenous Australian languages have often struggled to find guidance for their circumstances, unaware of the others walking a similar path. In this context Re-awakening languages seeks to provide the first comprehensive snapshot of the actions and aspirations of Indigenous people and their supporters for the revitalisation of Australian languages in the twenty-first century.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSydney
PublisherSydney University Press
Number of pages457
ISBN (Print)9781920899554
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Keywords

  • Aboriginal Australians--Languages--Revival
  • Australian languages--Social aspects
  • Language obsolescence--Australia
  • Language revival--Australia
  • Language planning--Australia

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