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What we do

Background

 

DRIL Program

Documenting and Revitalising Indigenous Languages (DRIL) is an innovative grassroots training program that has operated in Indigenous communities and organisations across Australia since 2010. DRIL participants are developing their capacity to documentat and revitalise Indigenous languages. The DRIL method builds autonomy and encourages participants to share their skills more widely with their family members, communities, and workplace colleagues.

 

Linguistics in the Pub

Linguistics in the Pub (LIP) is a monthly forum that offers an opportunity for language activists and linguists in Melbourne and Brisbane to get together and discuss a wide range of issues.

 

Networking

We facilitate networking through our Facebook group, Twitter profile, and email discussion lists. Archived RNLD discussions are publicly accessible and searchable through the Linguist List.

 

Breen-Donaldson Project

In 2014, we undertook a project in Alice Springs and Canberra to digitise linguists Gavan Breen’s and Tamsin Donaldson’s extensive collections of field notes for approximately fifty Australian Aboriginal languages. Gavan Breen's materials from this project have now been deposited with PARADISEC to ensure that these important materials will be more widely accessible to community members and linguists around Australia for language reclamation and revitalisation activities, and further linguistic research.

 

Resource sharing

We disseminate information about conferences, funding opportunities, education and training programs, policies, publications, film, theatre, radio and television, news, and the methods and technologies needed to document, archive, revitalise and maintain indigenous languages.

 

Advocacy

We advocate on issues such as bilingual education, Indigenous literacy, language policies, and recognition for Indigenous peoples and also on how these issues positively correlate with Indigenous health and wellbeing and mental health. We raise awareness through public events on occasions such as International Mother Language Day and NAIDOC Week, and organize informal gatherings for linguists and community language activists.