The Resource Pathways of diversity - Language revival in Australia

Pathways of diversity - Language revival in Australia

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Pathways of diversity - Language revival in Australia
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Pathways of diversity - Language revival in Australia
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eng
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[Abstract from AIATSIS Research - Vicki Couzens, Christina Eira and Tonya N Stebbins] Reviving a language is far more than 'simply' a matter of reconstituting the historical language so that people can relearn its words, sounds and grammar. Revival languages are living (re-)emergent languages of the 21st century. They are ancient languages in new environments, bearing the cultures, histories, knowledges and identities of contemporary people with ancient heritage. The newness of this process and of the types of language that emerge mean that both communities reviving their languages and the linguists who work with them are in need of a good picture of what revival languages are actually like. We need clearer indications of the likely pathways, outcomes, issues and range of possible solutions along the way. Tonya, Christina and Vicki are engaged in addressing these questions in a new methodological framework which weaves the knowledge, perspectives and advantages of both linguistics and community approaches ('Meeting Point', currently funded by AIATSIS and the ARC). Our work stands on the twin assumptions that (a) Aboriginal people are the custodians of their own language business and (b) the languages-in-process in the present are valid and interesting in their own right - and therefore have much to tell us about the potential of human language, cultural identity and linguistic creativity. One of the key understandings emerging is that any meaningful approach to language revival needs to accommodate the level of diversity which characterises its pathways, goals, motivations, and culturo-linguistic landscapes. In our seminar we will highlight some of this diversity, (a) through themes which emerged early in our work from discussions with many of the people most closely involved in language revival, and now form our theoretical and methodological foundation, and (b) by illustrating the effects of these diversities in linguistic components of the languages themselves
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Filmed in Canberra, A.C.T., 2011
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Vicki Couzens; Christina Eira; Tonya N Stebbins
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AIATSIS_109 ; V09319_1-13
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Pathways of diversity - Language revival in Australia
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http://aiatsis.gov.au/collections/using-collection/ordering-collection-items
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  • Not auditioned
  • The views and opinions expressed by speakers during the AIATSIS Seminar Series do not necessarily reflect those of AIATSIS, and the Institute accepts no responsibility for them
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Kate Smith;
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AIATSIS_001
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Pathways of diversity - Language revival in Australia
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http://aiatsis.gov.au/collections/using-collection/ordering-collection-items
Publication
Note
  • Not auditioned
  • The views and opinions expressed by speakers during the AIATSIS Seminar Series do not necessarily reflect those of AIATSIS, and the Institute accepts no responsibility for them
Governing access note
Conditions apply
Immediate source of acquisition
Kate Smith;
Note
Release form
Stock number
AIATSIS_001

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