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Documenting and Revitalising Indigenous Languages (DRIL) training workshop highlights

This month, we're highlighting DRIL workshops that were held in Western Australia in September 2014 at Irra Wangga Language Centre in Geraldton and Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre in Port Hedland.

DRIL trainers Margaret Florey and Emma Murphy ran the third workshop for the year at Irra Wangga Language Centre in Geraldton, including sessions on linguistics, Master-Apprentice methods, and language teaching skills. In this workshop, the group began to learn about relationships between languages and language families. They also continued exploring Wajarri morphology, and applied their learning in immersion exercises to practice using suffixes for location and movement to and from places in the environment around the language centre.

Leeann and Rosie Danielle and Nadine WALS Indo-European map Danielle and Leeann

From Geraldton, Margaret and Emma went to Port Hedland, where they were joined by DRIL/RUIL intern Chloe Dallas. The language workers at Wangka Maya developed their language teaching skills by scripting short dialogues about sharing a meal in Putijarra and Nyangumarta. The dialogues formed the basis for teaching sessions, and were also recorded and edited to produce language resources. During a session about the relationships between languages, the language workers and linguists filled in Swadesh 100 word lists for Nyangumarta, Putijarra, Ngiyampaa, Banyjima, Arrernte, Yolngu Matha, Mandar, and Indonesian.

Jason and Donald scriptwriting
Eileen Charles story
Anya recording Jason and Donald editing
Donald and Peter working on Swadesh list Anya completing Swadesh list Eileen teaching Lesley Jason teaching Margaret and Annie

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