[lg policy] Voices silenced: What happened to our Indigenous languages? Mission children Mission school children on Groote Eylandt in the 1960s. Source: Groote Eylandt Linguistics Once one of the most linguistically diverse places on earth, our nation's languages were decimated after colonisation. But there is hope for the future. UPDATEDUPDATED 1 DAY AGO BY LAURA RADEMAKER SHARE Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Australia was once one of the most linguistically diverse places in the world, with about 250 languages spoken when it was first colonised. But now, few people speak our Indigenous languages. As of 2016, only 10 per cent of Australia’s Indigenous population spoke an Indigenous language at home. Most Indigenous languages are now “asleep”, waiting to be woken up by language revivalists. Voices silenced

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Sat Jan 19 10:36:58 EST 2019


 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com

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