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August 2016 update

Another 75 items have been added to the Virtual Library, bringing the total number of items to over 500, representing over 150 languages ... read more

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Update 2024

This site is no longer current and is not being updated. Since 2016, happily, the number of online sources of knowledge about Australian Indigenous languages exploded in number and diversity of sources, especially from Indigenous organisations and individuals. As a result, it became impossible to keep ALoA up to date. It is no longer a key resource.

As the main web portal for Australian Aboriginal languages on the web (part of Tim Berners-Lee’s official W3C Virtual Library (now defunct at https://www.vlib.org/ - see its history) this site provided summaries, guidance and links to quality resources on Aboriginal languages, especially those produced from communities and by community members. It was listed in most of the major international libraries and other institutions as a key site for Australian languages, and attracted over 500,000 hits a year.

Approximately half of the linked sites still exist and the site’s back-end database remains valuable because it contains data which tracks 20 years of the emergence, expansion and changes in the online presence of Australian First Nations languages from the birth of the web.


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Ganai/Kurnai [unn]
Source: Woolum Bellum KODE school/CALC Multimedia/Victoria University of Technology
A CD-ROM project on Ganai (also known as Gunai or Kurnai) language and culture, featuring animated learning content, self-recording/playback facilities, interactive games, a dual language dictionary and Dreamtime stories.
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Source: Arts Victoria/VACL/Authors
A beautifully-produced collection of stories from Aboriginal authors/storytellers from all regions of Victoria - "the first contemporary compilation of Victorian Aboriginal Creation Stories told by Victorian Aboriginal People, and the first to extensively use languages of origin to tell the stories". The text has authentic and innovative mixing of surviving Aboriginal languages and English. the book also includes (p. 8) the VACL map of Victorian languages.
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Source: Lynnette Solomon-Dent / Doris Paton / Hollie Johnson / ABC
Video about the GunaiKurnai language of East Gippsland, Victoria, and revival work by Lynnette Solomon-Dent, Dr Doris Paton and Hollie Johnson.
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Source: Lynnette Solomon-Dent / Doris Paton / Hollie Johnson
A video about the revival of the Ganai (Kurnai) language of Gippsland, driven by three Ganai women who are teachers and academics. The video is also on Vimeo.
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Source: VACL
Catalogue of books (dictionaries, stories etc), maps, CDs and more, covering a large number of Victorian languages. See also the Resources tab for further information and advice etc.
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Source: VACL
Information abput the Yirruk-Tinnor Gunnai/Kurnai Language Program which has been running for over 10 years. Includes animated Dreaming Story Borun & Tuk.
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