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Language and Culture in Aboriginal Australia
What are the Australian Aboriginal languages like? How any are there? Where are they spoken? How are they learned by children? Are there dictionaries of Aboriginal languages? What kinds of new language have emerged in the last two hundred years? What is the connection between land, people and language in Aboriginal Australia? How does the use of English disadvantage Aboriginal people?
Language and Culture in Aboriginal Australia offers answers to these questions by providing a series of studies of different aspects of language and culture in different parts of Aboriginal Australia. Subjects include why a young Aboriginal woman in rural Australia might end up pleading guilty to a crime she didn’t commit; the picture of ‘language ownership’ which can be drawn from recent research on land rights; what we know of the first white settlers’ attempts to learn the language of the Sydney region; the first dictionaries compiled in South Australia; and how Aboriginal languages are now being used in the media and education.
Language and Culture in Aboriginal Australia is of particular use to teachers and students involved in Aboriginal studies in the upper secondary years and at introductory levels in universities. Its value as an educational resource is enhanced by bibliographical reference, maps, and questions for further discussion at the end of each chapter.
244 pages; ISBN 9780855755584
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Notes on Linguistic Conventions vii
Preface Michael Walsh and Colin Yallop xvii
1. Languages and Their Status in Aboriginal Australia 1
2. The Structure of Australian Aboriginal Languages 15
3. Language Contact in Early Colonial New South Wales 1788 to 1791 33
4. Tasmanian Aboriginal Language: Old and New Identities 51
5. Bundjalung: Teaching a Disappearing Language 73
6. Language and Culture: Socialisation in a Warlpiri Community 85
7. Out-of-the-ordinary Ways of Using a Language 97
8. Classifying the World in an Aboriginal Language 107
9. Making Dictionaries 123
10. Losing and Gaining a Language: the Story of Kriol 145
in the Northern Territory
11. Kriol: the Creation of a Written Language and a Tool of Colonisation 155
12. The Language of Oppression: the Bolden Case, Victoria 1845 169
13. Language and the Law: White Australia v Nancy 181
14. Language and Territoriality in Aboriginal Australia 191
15. New Uses for Old Languages 207
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