AOS 1 unit 4 journal: Some vital signs for Aboriginal languages

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Title  Some vital signs for Aboriginal languages
Date  7th April 2014
Author  Michael Christie, Brian Devlin, Cathy Bow
URL  http://theconversation.com/some-vital-signs-for-aboriginal-languages-25148
Publication  The Conversation
Key Ideas (Point Form)
  •  NT government may decide to stop the education of Aboriginal languages in the classroom.
  • Books and stories of creation, traditional practises, bush medicine and other facets of Aboriginal life which were created in schools from 1973 are being collected.
  • These books on Aboriginal stories had been previously uncatalogued and are now being published on the internet for all to see.
  • The Archive helps to show the unique knowledge and history of Australia that these languages hold.
  • The goal is for people to be able to engage with the cultural heritage.
Feature of Language  The ability for language e.g( AE) to hold information that has not been told in English.

Language can reflect and hold identity.

Aspects of the Course this Article Relates to.
  •  features of language that contribute to a sense of individual identity and group membership
  • The decline of indigenous languages.
  • The role of language in constructing identity
My opinion on the Article’s comments.  It is important to document and translate the stories and knowledge held by Aboriginal languages. As indigenous languages are dying and with the loss of these languages there is a lost of knowledge and culture about Australia if they are not well documented before they die out. A program such as this help create an identity for aboriginal people even if their language does die out as there stories have been translated and preserved. If this did not occur the identity of indigenous Australians would die when the language does.
Quotes  “As more and more obscure texts in endangered languages are identified and uploaded to the archive, people in Australia and beyond can continue to engage with this rich cultural heritage.”

“The archive helps us understand how these languages reflect and produce a uniquely Australian knowledge of our history, our place, our relation to the land”

“In spite of this, the latest report to the NT government recommends an English-only approach in bush schools. This flies in the face of research pointing to the effectiveness of planned and informed use of home language and English in the classroom in developing listening, speaking, reading and writing of both home language and English.”

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