Forgotten Language Buried in Family Archive

Forgotten Language Buried in Family Archive
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Thursday 30 May 2019

"When Roni O’Brien was sifting through 150 years’ worth of belongings on the family property in the Riverina, a stamped, hand-written pen-and-ink envelope dated April 1863 caught her eye."

Jane Faure-Brac reports on the discovery of a letter, found in an old family archive, containing over 40 Indigenous words and phrases with their English translations, and how Professor Jane Simpson and Dr David Nash of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language, helped decipher the languages origins.

The article also discusses the uniqueness of the word-list and its relevance to the United Nation's Year of Indigenous Languages.

You can read the full article here on the ANU Reporter site.


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