Advancing the sustainability of Indigenous languages

Welcome to the Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity

Our mission

    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.


    Resources & activities

    On this site, you will find a wide range of resources to support the documentation and revitalisation of the world's languages. We hope you find them helpful in your language work. To use our resources and to learn more about us and our activities, please choose from the menu items above.


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    ACNCRNLD relies on grants and donations to carry out our projects and to support the community members who take part in our DRIL training workshops. Please contact us if you would like to donate and financially support the work that RNLD does. All sponsors are acknowledged on our Donations Page and in our publications.



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

    From 7-9 February, 2017, DRIL trainers Margaret Florey and Andrew Tanner braved the biggest Wet in years to deliver workshops at the language centre at Mabu Yawuru Ngan-ga, the language centre at Nyamba Buru Yawuru in Broome, WA. Local Yawuru language teachers, Hiroko Shioji and Coco Yu, are running one of the most impressive language immersion programmes we’ve ever seen in Australia, and over the next few years the team are aiming to develop a small community of fluent Yawuru speakers more or less from scratch. If the commitment to the programme from the participants and the level of the conversations in language that we witnessed are anything to go by, they are definitely on track to succeed.

    We were invited by the Yawuru language immersion programme to train participants in documenting language with digital recording devices and computer editing software, and how to manage these resources with good metadata and filenaming practices. The group took Andrew along to Minyirr Park to try to make recordings (under very windy conditions) about all the plants that are in season there in man-gala – the rainy season. What we learned (but also what we predicted) was that sensitive modern recording equipment is not compatible with wind!

    The Yawuru Centre in Broome Yawuru vocab on the walls at Mabu Yawuru Ngan-ga Roko goes through some important vocab before the trip to Minyirr Park

    Anita and Arnold explore using the digital recorder

    Isobel records Martha in Minyirr Park Gina, Maree and Monique make recordings about the seasonal plants in Minyirr Park Maree edits her recording on Audacity Coco supervises Janet and Savannah editing their recording from Minyirr Park


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    Our members are located all over the world