Developing a Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages

Bow, Catherine
Christie, Michael
Devlin, Brian
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University of Hawaii Press
The fluctuating fortunes of Northern Territory bilingual education programs in Australian languages and English have put at risk thousands of books developed for these programs in remote schools. In an effort to preserve such a rich cultural and linguistic heritage, the Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages project is establishing an open access, online repository comprising digital versions of these materials. Using web technologies to store and access the resources makes them accessible to the communities of origin, the wider academic community, and the general public. The process of creating, populating, and implementing such an archive has posed many interesting technical, cultural and linguistic challenges, some of which are explored in this paper
National Foreign Language Resource Center
Aboriginal languages, Language Archive, living archive of aboriginal languages, Australian languages
Bow, Catherine, Michael Christie, and Brian Devlin. 2014. Developing a Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages. Language Documentation & Conservation 8. 345-360.
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