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Language diversity in Indigenous Australia in the 21st century

Simpson, Jane; Wigglesworth, Gillian


The diversity of language in Australia in pre-invasion1 times is well attested, with at least 300 distinct languages being spoken along with many dialects. At that time, many Indigenous people were multilingual, often speaking at least four languages. Today many of these languages have been lost, with fewer than 15 being learned by children as a first language. However, despite this, much diversity remains. This diversity includes the remaining traditional Indigenous languages (TILs) spoken...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2019
Type: Journal article
Source: Current Issues in Language Planning
DOI: 10.1080/14664208.2018.1503389


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