Journal article

Language diversity in Indigenous Australia in the 21st century

Jane Simpson, Gillian Wigglesworth

CURRENT ISSUES IN LANGUAGE PLANNING | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2019

Abstract

The diversity of language in Australia in pre-invasion 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 in more remote areas, largely in the north of Australia, as well as the new varieties that have developed since the invasion, and the dialects of Aboriginal English spoken across Australia. In remote commu..

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University of Melbourne Researchers

Grants

Awarded by Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language, Australian Research Council (AU)


Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language, Australian Research Council (AU) [grant number CE140100041].