Linguist and Project Coordinator | Aunty Lee Healy
Telephone | +61 3 5784 1433
About the Program
The Taungurung Language Program initially employed Bill Nicholson Jr as the Project Officer who gathered the language of Taungurung people. Further there was a period whereby Gary Hansen was in the position temporarily for a six month period. The program did not have a person in the position for some time until Judy Monk commenced employment in March 2004 as the Project Officer.
The project has a proactive Steering Committee, which is drawn from the Taungurung Clans Aboriginal Corporation. The Steering Committee meet on a regular basis and they have set in place recommendations for the language program.
Initially any language which has been gathered is for Taungurung people:
Investigate funding agencies for the purpose of development of a teaching component for passing on language.
Develop education tools for the purpose of Taungurung people to revive their language.
There are two primary projects that the program is currently undertaking:
1. The development of a language book which includes the following which has translations into language:
- Fauna & Flora
- Tools & Utensils
- Creation Stories
- Rivers & Place names
2. Development of Educational Tools for use by students.
VACL welcomes all comments and feedback on this page, however if you have a specific language enquiry please click here and complete our Submit a Language Query online application form.