Leanne Hinton Melbourne seminar

Margaret Florey mflorey at rnld.org
Tue Feb 21 04:29:30 UTC 2012

Dear RNLDers,

We're very pleased to announce that Prof. Leanne Hinton will give a public
talk in Melbourne on *Wednesday, 7 March, 2012*. This event is co-sponsored
by the Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity and the University of
Melbourne, Dept. of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics.

Prof. Hinton is a consulting member of the board of the Advocates for
Indigenous California Language Survival and is Professor emerita at the
University of California at Berkeley, USA.

Prof. Hinton designed the Master-Apprentice Language Learning Program
(MALLP) method twenty years ago in collaboration with American Indian
partners. The method was developed in response to the need expressed by
California Indians to have a way to develop new speakers of their languages
in situations where natural language transmission in the home has been
interrupted. The method has been honed over the years through training,
mentoring and interacting with a large number of speakers and apprentices.
This intensive model is widely used across the United States and Canada in
particular, and has made an impressive impact in rebuilding speaker
communities. Up to 200 language communities in North America have utilised
the method, and over a hundred Master-Apprentice teams in California alone
have been trained, representing close to 40 different languages.

Prof. Hinton will be in Australia to facilitate two intensive Master-Apprentice
train-the-trainer workshops <http://www.rnld.org/MALLP> in Alice Springs
and Kununurra in March. These workshops will train 36 Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander people from some 29 language groups to become regional
trainers in the MALLP method.

In her talk, Prof. Hinton will discuss ways that the MALLP method has been
used in North America to rebuild American Indian and Canadian First Nations
speaker communities, and will expand on potential applications for the
method in Australia.

*Time*: 6.00 - 7.30pm

*Location*: Old Arts-239 Theatre (North Theatre), University of Melbourne

See <http://www.rnld.org/Hinton_seminar> for a map and details of the

kind regards,

Dr Margaret Florey
Co-Director and Senior Linguist
Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity

ph: +61 03 9662-4027 (office)
skype: RNLDorg
PO Box 627
Carlton South, VIC 3053

ABN 24 215 634 040
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