Friday, May 27, 2005

Australian Aboriginal words in English

The Oxford UP book Australian Aboriginal Words in English, their Origin
and Meaning, is currently being revised and expanded for a second
edition (which it is hoped to finalise by about the end of July). Any
additional data, corrections or additions will be most gratefully
received. Please send them to marked
'message for Bob Dixon'.


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Thursday, May 19, 2005

new courses in language endangerment at Monash University

New postgraduate courses in Language Endangerment Studies will commence in the Monash University Linguistics Program in 2006. The courses are designed for people who are involved in, or aspire to become involved in, work with minority endangered language groups. They offer professional development at four levels, ranging from a Masters in Linguistics to a Postgraduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate. Interested applicants who have not completed high school may commence study at Faculty Certificate level.

The newly developed units aim to provide linguists, language maintenance practitioners and speakers of minority languages with specialist training in both the theoretical and applied aspects of language documentation and language maintenance for endangered languages in the particular social and political contexts in which they are spoken.

Australian and International applicants are welcome to apply. The courses can be taken full-time or part-time, either on campus or off-campus by distance education via web based study. Further information is available on our website at or by contacting the Course Coordinator, Dr Margaret Florey, by email at or by phone on (03) 9905-2237.

Katherine language centre job


Diwurruwurru-jaru Aboriginal Corporation (DAC) seeks applications from
suitably qualified persons for the position of Coordinator. The position
will be based in Katherine, NT. The Coordinator will be responsible to an
Indigenous Committee representing language groups throughout the Katherine

o Coordinate the activities on an Indigenous language centre, including
financial management.
o Coordinate language projects and associated resources.
o Promote the activities of DAC and liaise with other agencies in relation
to language activities.
o Implement policy and direction established by the Committee.

Essential: Ability to maintain Aboriginal input and control of an
organisation while at the same time ensuring regulations are met. Effective
communication with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. Experience with
resourcing an organisation. Strong administration and organisational skills.
Demonstrated ability to select and supervise staff and contractors.
Experience with preparation and monitoring of budgets. An A class driver's
Desirable: Some knowledge of Australian Languages and associated issues.
Understanding of accounting systems. Experience working with a
community-based organisation.

Salary allied to the Aboriginal Communities and Organisations (WA) Award,
five weeks annual leave.

To obtain the Selection Criteria and Duty Statement, contact Robin Hodgson
or Michelle Dawson on (08) 89711233, Fax (08) 89710561 or e-mail

Written applications addressing the Selection Criteria, with names and
contact numbers of two referees should be forwarded to:

The Chairperson, Diwurruwurru-jaru Aboriginal Corporation
PO Box 871, Katherine NT 0851
Applications close c.o.b. 23 May 2005

Robin Hodgson
Diwurruwurru-jaru Aboriginal Corporation
(Katherine Regional Aborginal Language Centre
PO Box 871
Katherine NT 0851

Ph: 08 89711233
Fax: 08 89710561

WW virtual library of Australian language

has been fully updated as of May 2005

Friday, May 06, 2005

Agencies Partner to Document Endangered Languages | Science Blog

NSF/NEH endangered language grants have been announced. Congratulations to all.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

On "holiday"

I'm going on fieldwork for two months and expect limited net access. Therefore ozpapersonline won't be updated for the next few months. Feel free to send me links and I'll put them up when I can.

Endangered language videos

(cross-posted from Nicholas Ostler's post to the Endangered Language Mailing List)

There is substantial section on language endangerment and revitalization
(25% of the whole), paradoxically, in the UK Foreign & Commonwealth
Office's video (London Television Service for In f o n a t i o n).
It is now available as a 2 DVD set.
Infonation is at FCO, Room K557, King Charles Street, London SW1A 2AH
(Tel. +44-20 7270 067).
It is reviewed at: “Ron Blythe, /*Beyond Babel: English on the World
Stage*/. 2 DVD set. Infonation, 2002.” /English World-Wide /24,2 (2003),

There are also:

Finding our Talk- Parler pour Survivre
a journey into Aboriginal Languages
13 part series in Mohawk with Cree, English and French versions
Produced by Mushkeg Media Inc., in assoc. with APTN (The aboriginal
People's TV Network)
103 Vileneuve St. W, Montreal, Qc H2T 2R6 Canada

Tupe - a forgotten village in the Andes
(features the Jaqaru language) 25 mins. (c) 2002/KFTV
Stef de Haan, Casper Haspels, Jos Kuijer
Kuijer Film- & TV Produkties
Singel 272, 1016 AC Amsterdam

So They Can Know
Kimberley Language Resource Centre - Language Nests
(features Bunuba, Gooniyandi, Kija langs.) 11.40 mins (c) 1997 KLRC
PMB 11 Halls Creek WA 6770 Australia

The voice of the land is in our languages
(features Micmac, Mohawk, Ojibwe, Anishnabec, Sauteaux, Northern Cree,
Plains Cree, Chipewyan, Secwepemc, Siksika, South. Tutchone)
The Education Secretariat,
The Assembly of First Nations
1 Nicholas St., Suite 1002
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 7B7

The Last Word B-15027-2003
features Lacandon, Mayo and Popoluca of Mexico)
(c) Milana Bonita 2003
Directed by Grau Serra
Australian Aboriginal words in English
new courses in language endangerment at Monash University
Katherine language centre job
WW virtual library of Australian language
Agencies Partner to Document Endangered Languages | Science Blog
On "holiday"
Endangered language videos