Health Online shell aims to rescue Australia’s endangered languages

Online shell aims to rescue Australia’s endangered languages

A major Charles Darwin University project will aim to preserve endangered Indigenous languages by making learning about them easier for Australian students.

The program will provide Indigenous knowledge owners with online platforms to share languages, histories, art, knowledge and culture with students.

Project officer, Cathy Bow hopes to design, “an online ‘shell’ that will increase and develop Indigenous knowledge availability, which is driven and authorised by the traditional language owners.”

Her initiative supports ongoing learning of endangered languages. It will begin with a pilot program on the North Australian language of Bininj Kunwok, spoken in Kakadu and West Arnhem Land regions, with about 2000 native speakers.

Read more here: Charles Darwin University.