**A Crash Course in Australian Indigenous Languages **
Settler Australians tend to know very little about the languages of this country; whilst most of us can easily rattle off the names of a dozen European languages, we struggle to name even a few Indigenous languages.
In this series of talks, in recognition of UNESCO’s International Year of Indigenous Languages, we will learn about Indigenous languages of Australia, including those of Victoria and Melbourne, and hear about the challenges they face in the 21st century. Invasion and continuing colonialism have wrought massive destruction on these languages, and yet communities around the country are continuing their struggles to maintain and revitalize their languages.
In these lectures we will hear firsthand from people who work with Indigenous languages and communities, and learn about languages that are being ‘woken up’ after generations of sleep, and some others that are just now falling silent.
The Alderman (upstairs) 134 Lygon St. East Brunswick
45 minute presentation 45 minute open discussion
Learning Language, Learning Country
Restoring language to community and country: what’s happening in Victoria
Revitalising, Celebrating and Learning From Aboriginal Languages
Melbourne’s Indigenous Languages in Historical Archives