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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Highlights

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

 

This month, we're highlighting the DRIL workshop that we held in March 2015 in Halls Creek, Western Australia.

DRIL Trainer Emma Murphy and Trainee Trainer Jessica Solla travelled up to Halls Creek for a two-day workshop at the Kimberley Language Resource Centre (KLRC). The group of language teachers from the local school and experienced (KLRC) language workers knuckled down to plan and create language teaching resources. With a focus on teaching the words for a number of locally made artefacts, the team made audio recordings of the Master-Apprentice lessons in the Jaru and Kija languages. Participants then practised their new skills in editing digital audio files to produce recorded lessons in the two languages. Compiling and binding corresponding books, the group ended the workshop with three finished resource sets, all of which can be used in language classes in school, the family centre and at home.

Halls Creek language team Dianne and Flora with wordless books Anansa and Dianne make audio recordings Anansa and Rosemary hard at work
Anansa editing audio recordings Geraldine and Anansa making wordless books Tina and Geraldine make recordings Rosemary recording a Master-Apprentice session

 

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