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Jeanie Bell

Jeanie Bell is a language custodian, long time community linguist, language activist and educator who has lived and worked in Queensland, Victoria and the Northern Territory. She is a Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Australian Languages and Linguistics at Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education.

Jeanie gained an MA in Linguistics from the University of Melbourne for her thesis A sketch grammar of the Badjala language of Gari (Fraser Island) and has done work on reviving Badjala, a variety of the Gabi-Gabi language of southeastern Queensland. She is currently undertaking her PhD program at ANU on the topic The Changing nature of kinship and marriage rules in two contrasting Aboriginal communities.

Jeanie presented a paper on "Strengthening Australia's Indigenous languages: the relationship between community and linguists" at the 1st International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation (ICLDC) at the University of Hawai'i (14 March 2009).


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