[lg policy] Endangered Australian Language Recorded in Dictionary

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Thu Apr 5 15:01:12 UTC 2012

Endangered Australian Language Recorded in Dictionary

Wajarri, a Pama-Nyungan language spoken in southwestern Australia, has
been captured in a 2,500 entry dictionary. The language was attacked
starting in the 1940s, when the government forbade the use of it.
Recently efforts have been made to revive the language but the damage
has been done: there are only a few elderly speakers left. With the
concerted effort of about 100 community members and linguists, the
dictionary was completed in April 2012. It took about 25 years to

Read more: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-04-04/wajarri-dictionary-feature/3933158?section=wa


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