Advancing the sustainability of Indigenous languages

Welcome to the Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity

Our mission

RNLD's mission is to advance the sustainability of Indigenous languages and to increase the participation of Indigenous peoples in all aspects of language documentation and revitalisation through training, resource sharing, networking, and advocacy. Through our activities, we contribute to the holistic health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities by providing direct relief from the suffering and distress that arises from the loss of Indigenous languages and the consequent alienation from cultural heritage and Indigenous identity.

On this site, you will find a wide range of resources to support the documentation and revitalisation of the world's languages. We hope you find them helpful in your language work. To use our resources and to learn more about us and our activities, please choose from the menu items above.


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Each month we highlight recent training workshops run by our Documenting and Revitalising Indigenous Languages (DRIL) training program.


PD participants and trainers on graduation day

This month, we're highlighting the Stage II DRIL Leadership Professional Development workshop that we held in July 2015 in Melbourne.

From 6-18 July nine participants from across Australia returned to Melbourne to take part in Stage II of the DRIL Leadership Professional Development workshop. The workshop built on the knowledge and skills that were fostered at Stage I of the DRIL Professional Development workshop held in November 2014. At the Stage II workshop, participants were trained in the areas of linguistics, teaching methods and resource creation. Phonetics and morpho-syntax formed the backbone of the linguistics training, with participants applying their newly acquired knowledge to determine the sound systems, sentence structures and word forms of their respective languages. By the second week, participants were using language resources like grammars and dictionaries to produce complete sentences in their languages, some writing poems and short stories entirely in language.

Salote, Ebony, Margaret and Roy practise an immersion set Kat and Roy talk about grammar Nadine, Michelle and AJay working in a morphosyntax session Jason rebinding his Mathi Mathi grammar
Jason, Roko and Roy work on their creative writing pieces Roko working on interlinear glossing in Yawuru Stephen Morey and Jason looking through Wadi Wadi resources Nadine looking through her Wadjeri dictionary

Language teaching experts John Hobson and Susan Poetsch from The University of Sydney volunteered their time to deliver training in immersion teaching methods and language activities that participants can take back to the community. RNLD’s newest staff member and PD participant Ebony Joachim delivered her first DRIL training session in editing digital audio recordings using Audacity, while participant Jason Kirby ran a discussion on creating new words in language. Over the weekend, participants also had a chance to create their own language teaching resource, producing a range of resources from a puppet show to a Powerpoint presentation explaining phontactics.

John runs a language immersion activity Nadine and Ebony run through a langauge learning activity Jason and Kat practise a language learning game Ebony takes first DRIL training session in editing digital audio recordings
Nadine, Susan and Roko play a language learning game Jason leads discussion on creating new words in language Grant and RNLD intern Peter making a stage for the puppet show Salote and Ebony make resources

Across the two-week workshop, participants and trainers also enjoyed a number of attractions and events in Melbourne, including the NAIDOC Week march, a trip to the footy and a visit to The University of Melbourne to see the Linguistics department and to talk to staff at the Research Unit for Indigenous Language. 

Michelle, Grant and Nadine at the NAIDOC Week march Jason, Margaret, AJay, Michelle, Salote and Roy at Melbourne University Roy, Margaret, Michelle, Salote and AJay in a lecture theatre at Melb Uni A night out at the Friday night footy


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