Australia: Victorian state government language policy

Harold F. Schiffman haroldfs at
Wed Mar 28 13:39:15 UTC 2007

Victorian state government language policy

by Jane Simpson

27 March, 2007Last week the Victorian government announced its first step
towards a policy on Indigenous languages. So, Noel Pearson was onto
something.. I wonder what's on their wishlist? Dual naming of places
(that'll be slow after the Grampians fiasco)? More ceremonial language
used on ceremonial occasions and in official publications? Some Indigenous
languages to be taught in schools (that will require a big investment in
preparing teaching materials and training teachers, to avoid alienating

It's a delicate situation - seeing what can sensibly be done with what has
been kept, while recognising what's been lost, and acknowledging the grief
over this. Oh, and presenting the languages in a way which doesn't make
them seem like dusty old boomerangs in a cupboard.


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