Selected Publications

National Indigenous Languages Report 2020

Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications (DoITRDC), Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) and Australian National University (ANU). 2020. National Indigenous Languages Report. Canberra: Australian Government. Available from


Y. Dinku, F. Markham, D. Venn, D. Angelo, J. Simpson, C. O’Shannessy, J. Hunt and T. Dreise. 2020. Language use is connected to indicators of wellbeing: Evidence from the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey 2014– 15. Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research Working Paper No. 137.

Special issue of Languages: "Australian Languages Today". 2020.

Highlights new perspectives on a range of topics about Australian languages. Guest edited by Elisabeth Mayer, Carmel O'Shannessy and Jane Simpson


Kral, Inge, Fasoli, Lyn, Smith, Hilary, Meek, Barbar, Phairm Rowena. 2020. A strong start for every indigenous child. OECD Education Working Ppers No. 251.


Kaja-warnu-jangka 'From the bush'. 2020. Two senior Warlpiri men tell the stories of their remarkable lives. A film by Maxwell Walma Tasman Japanangka and Carmel O'Shannessy

Angelo, Denise; O’Shannessy, Carmel; Simpson, Jane; Kral, Inge; Smith, Hilary & Browne, Emma. 2019. Well-being & Indigenous Language Ecologies (WILE): A strengths-based approach. Literature Review for the National Indigenous Languages Report, Pillar 2. Report commissioned by the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications (DoITRDC), formerly the Department of Communications and the Arts. Canberra: The Australian National University. ISBN 978-0-6480548-0-1. doi 10.25911/5dd50865580ea.


Special double issue of Babel (2019), the journal of the Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations, about the teaching and learning of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages. Guest edited by Jane Simpson, Samantha Disbray and Carmel O'Shannessy


O’Shannessy, Carmel, Samantha Disbray, Barbara Martin & Gretel Macdonald. 2019. (Re)turning research into pedagogical practice: A case study of translational language research in Warlpiri. Language Documentation and Conservation. Hawai’i: University of Hawai’i Press. 


Binjari Buk (2017) - a suite of 9 children's books in Kriol and English (Binjari Bukmob authors and artists with Denise Angelo and the Indigenous Literacy Foundation) 

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