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Margaret Florey

Margaret Florey co-founded the Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity and created the Documenting and Revitalising Indigenous Languages Training Program. She continued to direct the DRIL program from its foundation until her retirement in mid-2017. Margaret was awarded a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa in 1990 and has a Certificate IV Training and Education (TAE40110). She is an experienced field linguist with particular expertise in the endangered Austronesian languages of Central Maluku, eastern Indonesia, and Australian languages of the Pilbara region of Western Australia.


Margaret's work is directed towards advocacy and capacity development activities. Margaret created RNLD's Documenting and Revitalising Indigenous Languages training program in 2010, and led the training program until her retirement. She has also trained internationally with members of endangered language communities in Canada, the United States, Indonesia, the Netherlands, and Taiwan.


Margaret has published widely on endangered languages, language documentation, capacity development in Indigenous communities, and ethnobiology. Here is a list of Margaret's publications.

Advisory roles

Margaret serves on a number of Boards and in advisory roles for various organisations.