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ItemThe Road Less Travelled: Recording and Teaching Aboriginal Languages in Western AustraliaThieberger, N (Edith Cowan University, Claremont: Institute of Applied Language Studies, 1991)This paper discusses the treatment of Aboriginal languages in Western Australia. A brief historical overview is followed by an account of the more recent changes in approach to indigenous language work in Western Australia.
ItemLanguage programmes: for tradition or todayThieberger, N (Perth:Institute of Applied Aboriginal Studies, 1988)This paper argues that language programmes should not necessarily require relearning of languages that are no longer spoken. Just because a programme does not aim at fluency in a language does not mean there is no role for a linguist. The challenge is to assess the reasons for initiating language work, and to design programmes and materials so that they address the current needs of Aboriginal people.
ItemWangka Maya, the Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre.SHARP, J ; THIEBERGER, N ; SIMPSON, J ; NASH, D ; LAUGHREN, M ; AUSTIN, PK ; ALPHER, B (Pacific Linguistics Publishers, 2001)Aboriginal Language Centres occupy an exciting and innovative space in the fringe between academia and the people used by academia as its source of data. Now with funding that has lasted over a decade, language centres have the potential to train local people, to record and store information about local languages, and to promote the use of the languages in schools and other venues. In this paper we discuss the establishment and ongoing function of Wangka Maya, the Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre in Port Hedland, Western Australia (WA).