Public Lecture, October 28 2015: The Revival of Victorian Aboriginal Languages

On Wednesday October 28, 2015 at 5.30pm, the Faculty of Arts will be holding a fascinating public lecture about the state of Aboriginal languages in Victoria. The lecture will feature two Aboriginal speakers, linguistic policy official Paul Paton and artist Mandy Nicholson, who will speak about the “revival” of native Australian languages in Victoria.

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From the Arts website:

In recent years there has been an upsurge of interest in the Aboriginal languages of the southeastern corner of Australia. Many Australian Indigenous languages have declined to a critical state. More than three-quarters of the original Australian languages are no longer spoken every day, and the survival of almost all of the remaining languages are extremely threatened. Aboriginal languages and Torres Strait Islander languages are fundamental to the identity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Many communities throughout Victoria, supported by VACL, are reviving their languages through language camps, workshops, school programs and educational material for children, music and dictionaries. This talk will provide an overview of the past and discuss the various ways VACL is leading the way towards the revitalisation of one of Victoria’s unique and important cultural assets.

Topics discussed include:
• How many Aboriginal Languages are there in Victoria and Australia?
• Why Victorian languages are sleeping and what VACL are doing to awaken them.
• How do you reawaken a language in a contemporary context?
• Are there any fluent speakers of any of the Victorian languages?
• What are the challenges for Traditional Owner groups in relearning their languages?
• Can the general public learn a local Aboriginal language?
• What are the protocols involved in learning and teaching a Victorian Aboriginal languages?
• How do we empower Traditional Owner groups through their languages?

Attendance is free and open to all, however you must register beforehand here.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015 | 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Theatre A, Elisabeth Murdoch Building, The University of Melbourne


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