Many Australians are unaware of the distinctive features of Aboriginal languages, how many were spoken in Australia at the time of the first arrival of overseas explorers and even what they sound and look like.
This curriculum of short simple lessons explore the principles of language, how sounds are created, and the key features of an indigenous language. The topic is a fascinating one and it is a series of lessons I have delivered to a variety of audiences - from secondary students to highly engaged corporate employees.
This program uses a particular language as a case study - a language spoken in the Pilbara region of the north-west of Western Australia. And the language features learnt here apply to many other indigenous languages throughout Australia. They are all related, but they are all so different.
By the end of the program you will:
The program won't equip you to be a fluent speaker of the language, but you will be provided with a sound base of language knowledge that will give you the appreciation of some of the uniqueness of an Indigenous language still spoken in Australia.
This program is suitable for anybody wanting:
My years in outback Australia learning the local indigenous languages and then sharing the learning back to the speakers with a dictionary, grammar rules and story books for the children to read were the most rewarding years of my career.
I have worked in communities in every state of Australia and have a profound knowledge of Indigenous Languages spoken in Australia.
These lectures are about one of the first languages that I learnt in the field.