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Title: A Handbook of Aboriginal Languages of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory
Written By: Jim Wafer
Amanda Lissarrague
Description:

New South Wales was the first part of Australia to be colonised and so the
written records of the state¹s Indigenous languages go back more than 200
years. The body of linguistic information that has accumulated over that
period is considerable, but it is also very uneven in its quality and
coverage. The Handbook distills this information in a way that makes it
easily accessible to a broad audience. The Handbook combines the functions
of both a guidebook and a dictionary. It runs to just over 830 pages and is
divided into two parts: the first part is a survey of the Indigenous
languages of NSW and the ACT (including Aboriginal English), giving
information about dialects, locations, maps, and resources available for
language revitalisation; the second part provides word-lists in practical
spelling for 42 distinct language varieties. There is also useful
information on sign languages and kinship classification, as well as an
appendix on place names. The Handbook is a valuable reference and
educational resource, useful to Aboriginal people who want to revitalise
their languages and to those in the broader community who simply want to
know more about the state¹s rich linguistic heritage. It will be
particularly helpful in the planning and implementation of primary,
secondary and tertiary educational programs dealing with Aboriginal
languages and linguistics.

Contains a chapter on contact languages by Jean Harkins.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Muurrbay Aboriginal Language and Culture Co-operative Ltd.
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
General Linguistics
Lexicography
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Versions:
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0977535185
ISBN-13: 9780977535187
Pages: 830
Prices: AUS $ 135.00