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Taking to the airwaves: a strategy for language revival

dc.contributor.authorAmery, Rob
dc.identifier.citationAmery, R. (2012). Taking to the airwaves: A strategy for language revival. In M. Ponsonnet, L. Dao & M. Bowler (Eds), Proceedings of the 42nd Australian Linguistic Society Conference – 2011, Australian National University, Canberra ACT, 2-4 December 2011 (pp. 5-26)
dc.description.abstractThe re-introduction of an Indigenous language into an English-speaking community presents an enormous challenge. School programs, workshops and songwriting projects have typically been the starting point for language reclamation with small numbers of participants involved. Increasingly, reclaimed languages are being used in public to give speeches of “Welcome to Country” or by choirs in the singing of songs. At the same time, reclaimed languages are appearing in signage and works of art. However, the opportunity to hear reclaimed languages spoken is rare. Radio and associated podcasts and downloads offer a means of reaching a wider audience. This paper will discuss a project to develop and broadcast two-hour-long radio programs in and about the Kaurna language, the original language of the Adelaide Plains, which is being reclaimed on the basis of 19th century written records (see Amery, 2000). Strategies have been developed to engage with an English speaking audience in a way that makes the Kaurna language interesting and accessible. This may serve as a model for other languages in similar situations to follow.
dc.description.sponsorshipDepartment of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts & Sport, Office for the Arts, Indigenous Languages Support (ILS) program; ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences, School of Language Studies; ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, School of Culture, History and Language
dc.format.extent22 pages
dc.publisherAustralian Linguistic Society
dc.rightsAuthor/s retain copyright
dc.subjectlanguage revival
dc.titleTaking to the airwaves: a strategy for language revival
dc.typeConference paper
local.description.notesThe conference proceedings can be found at "The 2011 Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society was ... hosted jointly by the School of Language Studies and the School of Culture, History and Language. The Conference convenors were Jane Simpson and Nicholas Evans" - from Proceedings, Editorial Note. Work underpinning this paper has been supported through the Indigenous Languages Support (ILS) program funded through the Office of the Arts, Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts & Sport.
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationAmery, Rob, University of Adelaide and Kaurna Warra Pintyandi
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
dc.provenanceCopyright remains with the author. Permission has been given to deposit this paper and make it publicly available - emails from editor of proceedings, dated 30/08/12 and 8/10/12
CollectionsAustralian Linguistic Society Conference (2011)


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