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. 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.

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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Highlights

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

 

 

This month, we're highlighting three workshops that were held in December 2015 in Shepparton and Swan Hill, Victoria.

 

Corey writes the Yorta Yorta word for 'man' on the board_1 Michael, Anthony and George prepare for an immersion set
Merle demonstrates a language immersion set Leonie and Narelle hunt for Yorta Yorta words

From 9-10 December 2015, DRIL trainers Katerina Forrester, Ebony Joachim and Jessica Solla held a two-day workshop at the Academy of Sport Health and Education (ASHE) in Shepparton. Trainers and staff from ASHE, Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation and regional schools came together to learn more about immersion language learning methods and the sounds and structures of the Yorta Yorta language. The workshop started with activities to practise non-verbal communication, before moving on to techniques and tips for introducing language immersion sets into everyday routines. In the afternoon of the first day, the group discussed Yorta Yorta pronunciation before recording various immersion sets they had practised earlier that morning. On the second day of the workshop, the group got stuck into Yorta Yorta grammar, with the goal of writing a Welcome to Country all in language.
 

 

Jason and Vince write a story using interlinear glossing Jason and Vince writing a story in Wadi Wadi

On 11 and 12 December 2015, DRIL trainers Katerina Forrester and Ebony Joachim visited Swan Hill to work with a small Wadhi-Wadhi family group. The group initially focused on reviewing skills learned in past workshops by writing a short story with interlinear glossing. The group learnt about the complex pronoun system in Wadhi-Wadhi and used pronouns in different contexts. Day 2 took grammatical structures to the next level with participants Jason Kirby identifying complex sentences in English, and understanding the difference between nouns, adjectives, demonstratives and adverbs. The men then attempted to translate complex sentences from English to Wadhi-Wadhi, hunting examples from their grammar to determine how speakers would have expressed similar structures in their language. The workshop ended with a recording of the story from day 1 using a ZOOM H1 recorder.

 

 

 

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