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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages by David Nathan

There are more than 200 Australian Indigenous languages. Less than 20 languages are strong, and even these are endangered: the others have been destroyed, live in the memories of the elderly, or are being revived by their communities. This site has annotated links to 231 resources for about 80 languages. About 35% of these resources are produced or published by Indigenous people.

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Major update 25 February 2007. This update includes 36 new items, has removed about 25 permanently dead links, and re-found about 20 sites that had moved. One new phenomenon is the emergence of blogs. The previous update in mid 2005 added 40 new items and re-found 60 items. There has been an overall increase from 224 items in 70 languages to the current 231 items in 76 languages, and the proportion provided by Indigenous sources has risen slightly from 33% to 35%. In general the situation for Australian languages web resources has become more stable in the last two years. For further details, see the statement of practice.

Created and maintained by David Nathan, Endangered Languages Project, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, (and formerly University of Tsukuba, Japan and University of Sydney). The Aboriginal Languages of Australia Virtual Library was founded on 6 January 1996.

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Editor: David Nathan


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