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RESULTS: 56 ITEMS FOR STATE/REGION WA

Aboriginal English [aus-x-aeq]
Source: Farzad Sharifian / Adriano Truscott / Patricia Konigsberg / Ian G Malcolm / Glenys Collard / WA Department of Education
Detailed report of a project exploring ways in which Aboriginal-English speaking students (mis)understand school-based literacy materials written in Standard Australian English. Includes many useful examples and resources. [PDF, 118 pages]
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Banyjima [pnw]
Source: Wangka Maya
Comprehensive site based around supporting the languages of the Pilbara area. Has information and resources for 26 Pilbara languages, including overviews and examples, dictionaries, and language teaching materials.
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Bardi [bcj]
Source: Claire Bowern/Linda Lanz/Laura King/Dave Karten et al
A guide for learning Bardi, originally written for a 2011 class on Aboriginal languages at Yale University. Downloadable, with a ‘name your own price’ policy (including free).
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Source: Donna Ifould/SBS
Indigenous linguist Donna Marie Ifould describes in story-telling and sand-drawing video the roots of languages of the Kimberley area where she comes from, connecting the languages to ancestry, land, and star constellations.
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Bayungu [bxj]
Source: Wangka Maya
Comprehensive site based around supporting the languages of the Pilbara area. Has information and resources for 26 Pilbara languages, including overviews and examples, dictionaries, and language teaching materials.
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Bunuba [bck]
Source: Bunuba Cultural Enterprises
Jandamarra led resistance against the invasion of his people’s land in the late 19th century. This website presents modern stage play performances based on Jandamarra’s life, with use of the Bunuba language. The site also has a section on Bunuba language including map, and article Warrior’s language of resistance.
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Burduna [bxn]
Source: Wangka Maya
Comprehensive site based around supporting the languages of the Pilbara area. Has information and resources for 26 Pilbara languages, including overviews and examples, dictionaries, and language teaching materials.
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Gidja [gia]
Source: Frances Kofod / ELAR
Archive deposit: includes examples of Gija (east Kimberley) from up to 40 speakers with many painting stories from leading artists. A documentation of the knowledge of the natural and cultural world of the Gija, with a focus on the mythological, historical and ecological knowledge associated with sites depicted in the artists’ paintings, and the language used to describe paintings, dance and song performance. Like all ELAR deposits, this material is accessible according to access protocols and access may require negotiation with the depositor.
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Gooniyandi [gn]
Source: CSIRO
Gooniyandi terms for seasons and various plants and animals in Gooniyandi country. Members of Muludja community from the Kimberley region in Western Australia worked with CSIRO to create a seasonal calendar.
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Jaru [ddj]
Source: Mirima Dawang Woorlab-gerring Language and Culture Centre and Kimberley Language Resource Centre
Provides NAATI-accredited interpreters for Jaru, Kriol, Kija, Walmajarri and Kukatja languages. Interpreters are trained in areas such as law, health, social work, land claims, government, community affairs, business, tourism.
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Source: Goolarri Media/May Minyingali Butcher/Barbara Sturt/Kimberley Language Resource Centre/others
An oral history in Jaru told through a ‘walking story’, remembered by May Butcher who travelled hundreds of kilometres as a child to visit her sister at Moola Bulla mission
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Jiwarli [mem]
Source: Peter K. Austin
General information, references and short story with audio, for Jiwarli. There is also a short dictionary sample with the promise of a comprehensive online dictionary.
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Source: Dept Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, University of Melbourne
Introduction to the Jiwarli language, culture and region of NW Western Australia: about Mr Jack Butler, the last native speaker of Jiwarli; photos, maps, texts, hear spoken Jiwarli etc.

This site is no longer live but is held in the NLA’s Pandaora archive.

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Source: Peter K. Austin
An outline of Jiwarli’s relationships to other languages and its formal linguistic characteristics.
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Source: Peter K. Austin
Slides from Peter’s LSA Summer Institute course on Jiwarli, covering its social and historical contexts, kinship, fieldwork, corpus, language typology, phonology, morphology and syntax.
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Source: Wangka Maya
Comprehensive site based around supporting the languages of the Pilbara area. Has information and resources for 26 Pilbara languages, including overviews and examples, dictionaries, and language teaching materials.
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Source: Peter K. Austin
Paper arguing that in Jiwarli and related languages, word order serves pragmatic purposes in organising discourse, while the morphological shapes of words signal grammatical functions and anaphoric relations.
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Juwaliny [wmt]
Source: Wangka Maya
Comprehensive site based around supporting the languages of the Pilbara area. Has information and resources for 26 Pilbara languages, including overviews and examples, dictionaries, and language teaching materials.
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Karajarri [gbd]
Source: SBS
Characters include Dianne Appleby, a linguist and speaker of the two languages of her parents - Karrajarri and Yawuru. Dianne regularly performs Welcome to Country ceremonies and was instrumental in establishing Yawuru language classes at the Cable Beach Primary School.
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Source: Mervyn Mulardy Snr
Mervyn tells about his background and life, in Karajarri.
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Source: Wangka Maya
Comprehensive site based around supporting the languages of the Pilbara area. Has information and resources for 26 Pilbara languages, including overviews and examples, dictionaries, and language teaching materials.
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Kukatja [kux]
Source: ABC/Willi Lempert
Five women elders from the Kapululangu Women’s Law and Culture Centre explain over 40 hand signs and translate them into Kukatja.
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Kurrama [vku]
Source: ABC/WAM
The album Sounds of the Pilbara - Songs in Language includes songs in many of the endangered languages of the Pilbara region of WA. See also the main site at WAM (Western Australian Music and listen directly here via Soundcloud.
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Manyjilyjarra [mpj]
Source: Wangka Maya
Comprehensive site based around supporting the languages of the Pilbara area. Has information and resources for 26 Pilbara languages, including overviews and examples, dictionaries, and language teaching materials.
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Martu Wangka [mpj]
Source: Wangka Maya
Comprehensive site based around supporting the languages of the Pilbara area. Has information and resources for 26 Pilbara languages, including overviews and examples, dictionaries, and language teaching materials.
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Source: Bernice Samson/Tanya Charles/Darilyn Samson/Dannielle Booth/Thiona Samson/Tenielle Taylor/Andrea Peterson
A filmed short story in Martu language about a spirit woman Yarrarni who waits in the bush near Jigalong to lure unsuspecting travellers.
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Martuthunira [vma]
Source: Alan Dench
A facsimile version of the Martuthunira grammar as a set of linked PDF files. The Table of Contents, Index entries, and cross references to the grammar, the bibliography, and language examples are links allowing easy navigation. Published as Pacific Linguistics C:125.
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Source: Wangka Maya
Comprehensive site based around supporting the languages of the Pilbara area. Has information and resources for 26 Pilbara languages, including overviews and examples, dictionaries, and language teaching materials.
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Miriwoong [mep]
Source: Mirima Council
Website describing the range of activities of the Mirima Dawang Woorlab-gerring Language Centre, including the Miriwoong Language Nest, language classes, and language documentation and research. See also the Seasonal calendar.
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Source: Mirima Council
Mirima Dawang Woorlab-gerring’s beautiful and detailed interactive page describing Miriwoong traditional weather knowledge by connecting the calendar to seasons, weather, country, plants and animals. Make sure to watch the video first ("Play movie" button).
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Ngaanyatjarra [ntj]
Source: ABC/Farz Edraki
Article, with audio podcast interview, about Elizabeth Marrkilyi Ellis (best known as Lizzie Ellis), a Ngaanyatjarra woman from the Tjukurla community in Western Australia, educator, interpreter and linguist with a passion for documenting Indigenous languages.
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Ngadju [nju]
Source: CSIRO
A PDF book which describes the Ngadju calendar project and its outcomes. Extensive information about Ngadju ecological knowledge and their complex understanding of the seasonal cycles. Also contains a short Ngadju wordlist and names for plants and animals.
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Ngarluma [nrl]
Source: ABC/WAM
The album Sounds of the Pilbara - Songs in Language includes songs in many of the endangered languages of the Pilbara region of WA. See also the main site at WAM (Western Australian Music and listen directly here via Soundcloud.
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Source: Wangka Maya
Comprehensive site based around supporting the languages of the Pilbara area. Has information and resources for 26 Pilbara languages, including overviews and examples, dictionaries, and language teaching materials.
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Noongar [nys]
Source: Djidi Djidi Aboriginal School
The school hosts the "Noongar Language and Djidi Marlak Cultural Program" where all classes from K to 6 take Noongar language and cultural lessons. Language teachers have developed songs, games, books and teaching resources specific to the local area. Staff also take Noongar lessons and the language is integrated into other learning areas.
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Source: South West Aboriginal Land & Sea Council
This site contains a wealth of language and cultural materials and references to Noongar resources. Its language page links to a a wordlist, a full Noongar Dictionary by Rose Whitehurst, and an audio Welcome to Country performance.
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Source: Noongar Boodjar Waangkiny / Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education
The Language Centre aims to act as a peak body for Noongar language and dialects, develop language learning resources for all Noongar clan groups, to record, document and publish Noongar traditional stories, and more. The website contains information about Noongar dialects, has a Welcome to Country text, and offers books for sale.
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Source: YouTube: jo76nyoongar
... ‘Critically endangered language; less than 5 fluent speaker of population of 45,000 Nyoongar people.’ YouTube video with background information as voice-over in Nyoongar languages (and a little Gurrumul song in Yolngu thrown in too). …
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Source: Cath Trimboli
TV-based (on NITV) language learning resources for young children learning Noongar. Click on links to find out about episodes. Search the web for samples on YouTube etc and DVDs for sale.
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Source: Clint Bracknell
Four original story books in Noongar. You can listen to the audio of the stories here. see also a video version on the main page.
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Source: Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company
In a world first, Aboriginal actors performed Shakespeare in the Noongar language. Yirra Yaakin was invited by the Globe Theatre to translate Shakespeare’s sonnets into Noongar and present them on the Globe stage as part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad Festival.
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Nyamal [nly]
Source: ABC/WAM
The album Sounds of the Pilbara - Songs in Language includes songs in many of the endangered languages of the Pilbara region of WA. See also the main site at WAM (Western Australian Music and listen directly here via Soundcloud.
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Source: Wangka Maya
Comprehensive site based around supporting the languages of the Pilbara area. Has information and resources for 26 Pilbara languages, including overviews and examples, dictionaries, and language teaching materials.
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Nyangumarta [nna]
Source: ABC/WAM
The album Sounds of the Pilbara - Songs in Language includes songs in many of the endangered languages of the Pilbara region of WA. See also the main site at WAM (Western Australian Music and listen directly here via Soundcloud.
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Source: Wangka Maya
Comprehensive site based around supporting the languages of the Pilbara area. Has information and resources for 26 Pilbara languages, including overviews and examples, dictionaries, and language teaching materials.
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Nyikina [nyh]
Source: Donna Ifould/SBS
Indigenous linguist Donna Marie Ifould describes in story-telling and sand-drawing video the roots of languages of the Kimberley area where she comes from, connecting the languages to ancestry, land, and star constellations.
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Source: Madjulla Inc
The Madjulla website has information about the film Three Sisters: Women of High Degree, with much of the dialogue in Nyikina, and describes the efforts of Nyikina women and others to protect their language, culture and Kimberley environment. See also this article on Nyikina language developments by Dr Anne Poelina.
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Nyiyaparli [nad]
Source: ABC/WAM
The album Sounds of the Pilbara - Songs in Language includes songs in many of the endangered languages of the Pilbara region of WA. See also the main site at WAM (Western Australian Music and listen directly here via Soundcloud.
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Source: Wangka Maya
Comprehensive site based around supporting the languages of the Pilbara area. Has information and resources for 26 Pilbara languages, including overviews and examples, dictionaries, and language teaching materials.
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Nyulnyul [nyv]
Source: Donna Ifould/SBS
Indigenous linguist Donna Marie Ifould describes in story-telling and sand-drawing video the roots of languages of the Kimberley area where she comes from, connecting the languages to ancestry, land, and star constellations.
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Putijarra [mpj]
Source: Wangka Maya
Comprehensive site based around supporting the languages of the Pilbara area. Has information and resources for 26 Pilbara languages, including overviews and examples, dictionaries, and language teaching materials.
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Sign languages [aus-x-siq]
Source: Clifton Jungurrayi Bieundurry
In this film, Clifton Jungurrayi Bieundurry, Walmajarri artist from Wangkajungka, shows and explain some handsigns used by his people.
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Source: ABC/Willi Lempert
Five women elders from the Kapululangu Women’s Law and Culture Centre explain over 40 hand signs and translate them into Kukatja.
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Thalanyji [dhl]
Source: Wangka Maya
Comprehensive site based around supporting the languages of the Pilbara area. Has information and resources for 26 Pilbara languages, including overviews and examples, dictionaries, and language teaching materials.
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Wajarri [wbv]
Source: Rosalie Jones / ABC
In this film, Rosalie Jones, language consultant, cooks Marlu guga (kangaroo meat) and some Damba (damper), explaining some words of the Wajarri language.
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Source: Rosie Sitorus/Crikey
Linguist Rosie Sitorus provides an introduction to the languages and peoples of the midwest, Murchison and Gascoyne regions of Western Australia. An item from ,a href="http://blogs.crikey.com.au/fullysic/">Fully (sic), Crikey’s language blog, which features several posts on Australian languages.
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Source: Leeann Merrit / ABC
In this short video Leeann Merrit teaches body parts in the Wajarri language.
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Walmajarri [wmt]
Source: Clifton Jungurrayi Bieundurry
In this film, Clifton Jungurrayi Bieundurry, Walmajarri artist from Wangkajungka, shows and explain some handsigns used by his people.
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Source: CSIRO
The Walmajarri words from the riverside (Walmajarrijarti Wangki Martuwarra Kadaji) seasons calendar was compiled with members of the Walmajarri language group from the Fitzroy Valley in the Kimberley in Western Australia
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Source: Jesse Moora / Eirlys Richards / Bernadette Trench-Thiedeman / Marsha Cook / Chantelle Berringal
In this video Jesse explains in Walmajarri about how she used to catch and cook jarrampa (fresh water prawns).
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Source: Eirlys Richards and Joyce Hudson
Dictionary based on the Walmajarri-English dictionary compiled from materials Eirlys Richards and Joyce Hudson gathered in and around Fitzroy Crossing between 1967 and 1984.
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Wangkatha [pti]
Source: Josie Boyle
Josie Boyle sings in "wongutha lingo" (YouTube audio).
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Wanyjirra [aus-x-waq]
Source: Chikako Senge / ELAR
Archive deposit: descriptions and documentation of Wanyjirra mainly from two speakers and their families. Project goals are to make materials available to community members and to complete a reference grammar of Wanyjirra. Like all ELAR deposits, this material is accessible according to access protocols and access may require negotiation with the depositor.
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Warnman [wbt]
Source: Wangka Maya
Comprehensive site based around supporting the languages of the Pilbara area. Has information and resources for 26 Pilbara languages, including overviews and examples, dictionaries, and language teaching materials.
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Western Desert [aus-x-wdq]
Source: Ng Media
Indie music label with songs in Western Desert language. You can listen to songs from this MySpace page.
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Source: FORM
Based around the peoples, history, and terrain of the Canning Stock Route in WA, a website, archive, interactive digital museum, and associated apps contain a large amount of information and language material from the Western Desert region.
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Source: FORM Contemporary Craft and Design Inc.
The app is an interactive map of the Canning Stock Route across the deserts of Western Australia. It is a rich cultural resource and travel guide, and includes Aboriginal stories, information about Aboriginal languages in the region, language lessons, and a dictionary of essential words. See also the Ngura Kuju Walyja website.
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Worrorra [wro]
Source: Mark Clendon
A detailed linguistic description of the Worrorra language (PDF, 494 pages).
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Yawuru [ywr]
Source: SBS
Characters include Dianne Appleby, a linguist and speaker of the two languages of her parents - Karrajarri and Yawuru. Dianne regularly performs Welcome to Country ceremonies and was instrumental in establishing Yawuru language classes at the Cable Beach Primary School.
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Source: Nyamba Buru Yawuru
Yawuru community website. The Yawuru people are the native title holders of Broome, WA. Includes newsletter, and Language Centre resources with audio lessons under ‘Word of the Day’.
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Yindjibarndi [yij]
Source: Staff and students of Roebourne Primary School
[No longer available from source but archived at NLA - try this link] Plants used by the community for bush tucker and for bush medicine, with names, pictures, and usage notes.
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Source: Wangka Maya
Comprehensive site based around supporting the languages of the Pilbara area. Has information and resources for 26 Pilbara languages, including overviews and examples, dictionaries, and language teaching materials.
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Source: Staff and students of Roebourne Primary School
[No longer available from source but archived at NLA - try this link] Most of the people in Roebourne are from the Yindjibarndi and Banyjima tribes. These tribes were moved from their traditional lands of Boomagee and Birrdithuulangu, into Roebourne. The Yindjibarndi people call Roebourne Ieramagadu. With sounds.
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Yinhawangka [ywg]
Source: June Injie / Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre
A story book, with audio, told in Yinhawangka by June Injie and in English by her granddaughter Montell Kelly. The story is about the animals found in the Pilbara region. The book uses ‘sound printing’ technology where sound is integrated with the book by hidden microscopic printing - audio is played by moving an special pen across the page. The book can be purchased from this website.
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Many languages or language not specified
Source: Muurbay Aboriginal Language & Culture Cooperative
ABC’s Jill Emberson interviews activists Uncle Gary Williams and Dr Gary Foley about Aboriginal history, education and languages (13 October 2014). You can listen to the recorded interview.
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Source: School Curriculum and Standards Authority
Syllabus and assessment materials for Years 11 and 12 learning about Aboriginal languages, their linguistic structures, texts, community and cultural contexts, and protocol.
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Source: Dandjoo Moordiyap Dabakarn / Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education / Alex Smee
A film made at the 2013 WANALA (Western and Northern Aboriginal Language alliance) conference in Bunbury WA, with introductions and snippets spoken from a variety of languages.
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Source: Nicholas Thieberger
The Internet Archive version of Nick’s comprehensive 1996 annotated bibliography and guide to the Indigenous languages of most of Western Australia.
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Source: Magabala
An Indigenous Australian publishing house, publishing works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander authors and editors, including works in Indigenous languages.
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Source: WANALA
WANALA is a collaborative alliance for Aboriginal organisations, projects and activities in the west and north of Australia aimed at supporting, promoting, and teaching languages, and providing services such as interpreting and translation.
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Source: Wyemando Trust
Wyemando provides grants to support Aboriginal language projects in Western Australia. The site lists language organisations in WA and has other useful links.
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