The Resource Whitefellas using language in public

Whitefellas using language in public

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Whitefellas using language in public
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Whitefellas using language in public
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eng
Summary
[Abstract from AIATSIS Research - Sarah Cutfield] Is it ever OK for Whitefellas to use Aboriginal languages publicly? Is it imperative that Whitefellas be proficient in a given Australian language before they try use it publicly? What are the stereotypes that Whitefellas are invoking or seeking to avoid in their public use of Australian languages? In this seminar I seek to address these questions by examining the use of Aboriginal languages in texts created by Whitefellas. Issues of accuracy, authenticity and socio-political positioning are explored in a variety of texts set from a single multilingual area, namely the town of Katherine and the Aboriginal communities to its north-east. While authorial disrespect for editing and/or linguistic conventions are easily interpreted as racist, I suggest that a more nuanced examination of imperfect language use by whitefellas and Aboriginal responses to this reveals a continuum of practice, with mock forms of language at one end and genuine attempts at cross-cultural communication and representation at the other. Texts examined include generalist publications by academics (Cowlishaw 1999, Smith 2004), young adult fiction (Norrington, 2002), and a videoed speech given by the Katherine Mayor
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Date time place
Filmed in Canberra, A.C.T., 2011
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Abstract
PerformerNote
Sarah Cutfield
Series statement
AIATSIS_109 ; V09319_1-13
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Whitefellas using language in public
Link
http://aiatsis.gov.au/collections/using-collection/ordering-collection-items
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Publication
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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
Governing access note
Conditions apply
Immediate source of acquisition
Kate Smith;
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Release form
Stock number
AIATSIS_001
Label
Whitefellas using language in public
Link
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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