What makes a multilingual community? The life of languages at Warruwi community
Grant number: DE140100232 | Funding period: 2014 - 2018
Through the study of an Australian Aboriginal community where many Indigenous languages flourish alongside English, this project aims to identify strategies that can keep endangered languages thriving. Warruwi Community, in north-west Arnhem Land, supports four of the 18 Australian Indigenous languages that are still being learned by children. Until recently, there were 250 Australian Indigenous languages spoken and most Indigenous communities were highly multilingual. This detailed study of language practices at Warruwi Community will shed light on the practices that support traditional multilingualism. The results of this project will contribute key data to international debates about how ..View full description
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A small speech community with many small languages: The role of receptive multilingualism in supporting linguistic diversity at Warruwi Community (Australia)
At Warruwi Community (pop. 400), nine very different Indigenous languages are still widely used, which is unusual in the contempor..