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July 2008 in Sydney

Indigenous Languages Institute

Overview and presentations

Bayala Ngarala the Indigenous Languages Institute (ILI) was part of LingFest 2008, a national meeting of communities, linguists and educators involved in languages revival and maintenance projects across Australia. It was held at the Koori Centre at the University of Sydney, 8–10 July 2008. The ILI organising committee included the Office of the Board of Studies NSW, the NSW Department of Education, the Linguistics Department and the Koori Centre at the University of Sydney, linguists at the Australian National University and the Department of Aboriginal Affairs NSW.

The program focused on Indigenous languages in education and practical aspects of language revitalisation and maintenance. It covered both school-based language programs and community language projects from various parts of Australia. There were 36 presentations over the three days, with up to four parallel sessions at a time. The plenary speakers were:

  • Stan Grant Senior (Wiradjuri language expert)
  • Dana Ober (Torres Strait Islander Kala Kawaw Ya linguist)
  • Ron Ignace (Chief of the Skeetchestn Band, Secwepemc Nation, a member of the Canadian Task Force on Aboriginal Languages and Cultures)
  • Warren Mundine (Executive Officer and Company Secretary, Native Title Services Corporation).
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