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Indigenous Language Revived.

 

Australian Indigenous language map

 

Indigenous languages are being lost at an alarming rate and endangered languages are disappearing quickly too. This is partly due to the globalisation of languages such as English among others which are being ‘pushed’ upon people to learn, in the name of progress.

A database has been set-up to keep a track of endangered languages and  is updated regularly when new languages are discovered so we have an idea about how they sound and also if there seem to be any similarities between the languages. So steps are being taken to preserve and ‘save’ languages and some have even been revived such as the Indigenous language, Kaurna, which is spoken by the Aboriginal people in Australia. 

Through research conducted in 1838, a definitive vocabulary of about 2,000 Kaurna words, around 200 translated sentences and key elements of grammar were bright back and a school was opened, that taught in Kaurna – until it was banned by officials. This ensured that the language thrived and was introduced back into the community. 

Old vocabulary has been reintroduced as well as new words! These words reflect the time so words describing computers and also phones have been created. This ensures that the language can thrive in the future and is not left-behind. The language has been resurrected and is also growing in popularity.

Languages such as these are important to the way we speak today and give us clues as to where present day languages developed.

Fluency is growing and the community in South Australia is starting to embrace the language that was deemed dead in the 1920’s – when the last native speaker of the language died.

 

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