Advancing the sustainability of Indigenous languages

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RNLD's mission is to advance the sustainability of Indigenous languages and to increase the participation of Indigenous peoples in all aspects of language documentation and revitalisation through training, resource sharing, networking, and advocacy. Through our activities, we contribute to the holistic health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities by providing direct relief from the suffering and distress that arises from the loss of Indigenous languages and the consequent alienation from cultural heritage and Indigenous identity.

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Each month we highlight recent training workshops run by our Documenting and Revitalising Indigenous Languages (DRIL) training program.

This month, we're highlighting our first two DRIL workshops for the year that were held in February 2015 in Mount Gambier and Port Augusta in South Australia.

DRIL Trainer Emma Murphy returned to Mount Gambier on February 2-3 for the fifth workshop at Burrandies. This workshop with the Bunganditj language group had a big linguistics focus. Participants were very excited to revisit phonetics, learn about the International Phonetics Alphabet (IPA) and some of the ways linguists identify sound systems in different languages. They also learnt about Australian language families, Pama Nyungan and non-Pama Nyungan languages, and looked at some online databases where they could find out more information about local languages. Finally, they put some of their morphology study into practise by using the Master-Apprentice method to teach useful suffixes.
Mt Gambier language team stand in front of the IPA chart Des reading language resources Ken, Janine and Des practise total physical response in Mt Gambier David practises the Master-Apprentice method in Mt Gambier
Frog & dog on fire, language learning props Janine writes up some Bunganditj words Ken demonstrates the total physical response method Ken, Janine and David practise location words

DRIL Trainer Margaret Florey and Training Support Officer Katerina Forrester ran the third Dieri workshop from February 3-5 in Port Augusta. The group was as enthusiastic and productive as ever! They now have 7 Master-Apprentice teams in different parts of Australia: Port Augusta, Broken Hill, Mildura/Whyalla and Paraburdoo. Focusing on Master-Apprentice methods, the group worked in their paired teams to practise a range of oral techniques, leaving English behind and strengthening their knowledge and use of Dieri. Using the activity ‘making a cup of tea’, the teams learned to scaffold the activity by adding a few new words and survival questions for each session. The group also discussed their goals and aspirations for language revival, planned a 6-week curriculum to be implemented by each Master-Apprentice team, and mapped out ways of communicating to stay in touch with each other and share resources.  It was an impressive and inspirational workshop, and we are looking forward to further supporting the Dieri group in their language work. Port Augusta mob watch a demonstration of making a cuppa in Dieri.jpg
Michelle Warren talking about past workshops with RNLD
Barbara, Kendy and Reginald talking at a RNLD workshop Jaima Warren practising non-verbal communication excercise
Michelle and Nana Rene doing a non-verbal exercise Kirsten Brady running an immersion set Robert and Reginald practising an immersion set Michelle, Marjorie and Shirley look through a Dieri resource

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