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.

     

    Resources & activities

    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.

     

    Donate to our work

    ACNCRNLD relies on grants and donations to carry out our projects and to support the community members who take part in our DRIL training workshops. Please contact us if you would like to donate and financially support the work that RNLD does. All sponsors are acknowledged on our Donations Page and in our publications.

     

    Highlights

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

    DRIL trainers Amy and Andrew have just returned from Groote Eylandt, where they did a 3-day workshop (7-9 March) with Anindilyakwa speakers at the Groote Eylandt Language Centre in Angurugu. It was great to see what it’s like to for a community to have a really strong Aboriginal language – one of the strongest in the country, with over 1000 fluent native speakers – and to meet local language workers and interpreters. After a long discussion about Anindilyakwa and the UNESCO language vitality and endangerment scale, participants moved on to learning about the relationship between the sounds and writing system of Anindilyakwa. On the last day, participants wrote sentences on the board and took turns in breaking the complex Anindilyakwa words into their smallest meaningful pieces (morphemes) and discussing exactly what they all meant.

    Groote Eylandt Aboriginal Trust Training in Progress! Anindilyakwa training participants

    Sylvia at the board

           

     

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    Racism. It Stops With Me

    RNLD is proud to have joined forces with some of Australia’s leading businesses, sporting bodies and NGO’s to support the "Racism. It Stops With Me" campaign. For more information about the campaign go to itstopswithme.humanrights.gov.au or follow the campaign on Twitter @ItStopsWithMe.

     

    Our members are located all over the world