The Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages has produced this series of factsheets to support communities working to revive their languages. These factsheets reflect what we learned from the Meeting Point Project, which was run between 2008 and 2014. In that project, we focussed on the ways revival languages are being brought back into communities by Elders, language workers and language activists. All the fact sheets are about these newly living languages, brought from the past into the present and future. We are grateful to the people who have agreed to share examples of their languages with you in this way. We especially thank our case study language programs: Wiradjuri (Parkes program), Butchulla (Hervey Bay), Keerray Woorroong (Warrnambool), Wathaurong (Geelong program), Gumbaynggirr (Nambucca Heads) and Gunai/Kurnai (Gippsland).
There are four different types of factsheets. Each one focuses on just one topic for language revival.
Click on individual factsheets to download individual pdfs or to download the whole series click here.
Methods: How people do the work (includes workshops)
1. WORDS IN ENGLISH 2. MAKING A TRANSLATION 3. DICTIONARIES AND WORDLISTS 4. EXPLORING DEEPER MEANINGS IN WORDS
Practice: Ideas for using language (includes workshops)
1. EVERYDAY LANGUAGE (Written contexts) 2. SIGNS 3. SONGS 4. WELCOME TO COUNTRY
Principles: What's it all for? (includes ideas for discussion)
1. LANGUAGE IS CULTURE 2. HEALING 3. OLD INTO NEW 4. 'GETTING IT RIGHT' 5. GRAMMAR PATHWAYS 6. USING LINGUISTICS
Pathways: Language journeys (includes ideas for discussion)
1. STAGES AND PROCESSES 2. LANGUAGE REVIVAL IS A JOURNEY
To learn more about the Meeting Point Project click here