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Revitalisation of Mangarrayi: Supporting community use of archival audio exemplars for creation of language learning resources

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Title:Revitalisation of Mangarrayi: Supporting community use of archival audio exemplars for creation of language learning resources
Authors:Richards, Mark
Jones, Caroline
Merlan, Francesca
MacRitchie, Jennifer
Keywords:Mangarayi language
heritage language
archival resources
language learning
Date Issued:May 2019
Publisher:University of Hawaii Press
Citation:Richards, Mark, Caroline Jones, Francesca Merlan, & Jennifer MacRitchie. 2019. Revitalisation of Mangarrayi: Supporting community use of archival audio exemplars for creation of language learning resources. Language Documentation & Conservation 13: 253-280.
Abstract:Mangarrayi is a critically endangered language from the western Roper River re- gion in the Northern Territory of Australia. Today the greatest concentration of Mangarrayi people live at Jilkminggan, 135 kilometres south-east of Katherine. Although several older Mangarrayi speakers remain, the language is no longer used in day-to-day communication. However, there is a desire amongst a number of young adult community members to learn some of their heritage language. In this paper we discuss the process undertaken to support these aspirations, focus- ing on the use of exemplar Mangarrayi utterances sourced from archival docu- ments as a key to developing a basic level of communicative competence in con- texts identified as important to learners. This requires a clear understanding of how and when to use the utterances. We propose using a combination of language functions, topics, and sub-topics to clarify usage and support non-specialist com- munity members in using these for learning and teaching Mangarrayi.
Pages/Duration:28 pages
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/24865
ISSN:1934-5275
Rights:Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International
Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 United States
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/us/
Volume:13
Appears in Collections: Volume 13 : Language Documentation & Conservation


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