Friday, 30 October 2015 10:49

New Language Revival Factsheets

Introduced at the Puliima National Indigneous Language and Technology Forum 2015, the Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages has produced this series of factsheets to support communities working to revive their languages. These factsheets reflect what we learned from the Meeting Point Project, which was run between 2008 and 2014. In that project, we focussed on the ways revival languages are being brought back into communities by Elders, language workers and language activists. All the fact sheets are about these newly living languages, brought from the past into the present and future. We are grateful to the people who have agreed to share examples of their languages with you in this way. We especially thank our case study language programs: Wiradjuri (Parkes program), Butchulla (Hervey Bay), Keerray Woorroong (Warrnambool), Wathaurong (Geelong program), Gumbaynggirr (Nambucca Heads) and Gunai/Kurnai (Gippsland).

There are four different types of factsheets. Each one focuses on just one topic for language revival.

Methods: How people do the work (includes workshops)

Practice: Ideas for using language (includes workshops)

Principles: What's it all for? (includes ideas for discussion)

Pathways: Language journeys (includes ideas for discussion)

To download the factsheets individually, or as a full set, visit our website here

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Friday, 23 October 2015 15:10

Meeting Point Fact Sheets

Language Revival Fact Sheets

The Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages has produced this series of factsheets to support communities working to revive their languages. These factsheets reflect what we learned from the Meeting Point Project, which was run between 2008 and 2014. In that project, we focussed on the ways revival languages are being brought back into communities by Elders, language workers and language activists. All the fact sheets are about these newly living languages, brought from the past into the present and future. We are grateful to the people who have agreed to share examples of their languages with you in this way. We especially thank our case study language programs: Wiradjuri (Parkes program), Butchulla (Hervey Bay), Keerray Woorroong (Warrnambool), Wathaurong (Geelong program), Gumbaynggirr (Nambucca Heads) and Gunai/Kurnai (Gippsland).

There are four different types of factsheets. Each one focuses on just one topic for language revival. 

Click on individual factsheets to download individual pdfs or to download the whole series click here.

Methods: How people do the work (includes workshops)

1. WORDS IN ENGLISH  2. MAKING A TRANSLATION  3. DICTIONARIES AND WORDLISTS  4. EXPLORING DEEPER MEANINGS IN WORDS

WordsInEnglish 1

    MakingATranslation 1    DictionariesAndWordlists 1    ExploringDeeperMeaningInWords 1

 

Practice: Ideas for using language (includes workshops)

1. EVERYDAY LANGUAGE (Written contexts)  2. SIGNS  3. SONGS  4. WELCOME TO COUNTRY

EverydayLanguage 1    Signs 1    Songs 1    WelcomeToCountry 1

 

Principles: What's it all for? (includes ideas for discussion)

1. LANGUAGE IS CULTURE  2. HEALING  3. OLD INTO NEW  4. 'GETTING IT RIGHT'  5. GRAMMAR PATHWAYS  6. USING LINGUISTICS

LanguageIsCulture 1    Healing 1    OldIntoNew 1    GettingItRight 1

GrammarPathways 1    UsingLinguistics 1

 

Pathways: Language journeys (includes ideas for discussion)

1. STAGES AND PROCESSES  2. LANGUAGE REVIVAL IS A JOURNEY

StagesAndProcesses 1    LanguageRevivalIsAJourney 1

 

To learn more about the Meeting Point Project click here

 

 

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Monday, 17 November 2014 16:17

Dungala-Kaiela Writers' Awards

This year VACL again supported the Dungala-Kaiela Writers' Awards, a competition open to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers with a connection to Shepparton area. Our linguist, Dr Kris Eira, joined with Sharon Atkinson to judge the Language sections, and our EO Paul Paton presented the awards for these sections at Rumbalara, Shepparton, on October 31st.

Four Junior and six Youth entries were received in the Language sections, together with one outstanding Open entry. The judges were pleased to see that the level of Language had risen since last year's Awards, and the entries were highly original, ranging from informative research writing, through personal or imaginative stories, to poetic descriptive pieces.

This competition is working well to encourage young people especially to take an active interest in Language, and raise the use and awareness of Language in this area. Congratulations to the organisers and all the writers.

 

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Vicki Couzen’s, VACL Board Member, lauched her first solo exhibition ‘Marooka – to take care of'’ at Maroondah Art Gallery in July. The exhibition showcased artwork, language, song, dance and ceremony “taking the audience on a journey into Gunditjmara Country” – (quoted from the Maroondah art gallery program).

As part of the exhibition Vicki Couzens and Dr Kris Eira held a free public lecture on the 12th of July during NAIDOC week, where they told their stories and connections to each other, as language workers and artists.

VACL Project Officer Mandy Nicholson performed with the Djirri Djirri dance group, and held language workshops for primary school students as part of the exhibition. To see a video clip of the students from the Village School Croydon learning to count to five in Wurundjeri with Mandy click here.

Below are a selection of photos from the exhibition.

 

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