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August 2016 update

Another 75 items have been added to the Virtual Library, bringing the total number of items to over 500, representing over 150 languages ... read more

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Update 2024

This site is no longer current and is not being updated. Since 2016, happily, the number of online sources of knowledge about Australian Indigenous languages exploded in number and diversity of sources, especially from Indigenous organisations and individuals. As a result, it became impossible to keep ALoA up to date. It is no longer a key resource.

As the main web portal for Australian Aboriginal languages on the web (part of Tim Berners-Lee’s official W3C Virtual Library (now defunct at https://www.vlib.org/ - see its history) this site provided summaries, guidance and links to quality resources on Aboriginal languages, especially those produced from communities and by community members. It was listed in most of the major international libraries and other institutions as a key site for Australian languages, and attracted over 500,000 hits a year.

Approximately half of the linked sites still exist and the site’s back-end database remains valuable because it contains data which tracks 20 years of the emergence, expansion and changes in the online presence of Australian First Nations languages from the birth of the web.


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Ngarluma [nrl]
Source: Alison Kohn
A formal description of the linguistic morphology of Ngarluma [PDF, 77 pages]
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Source: Sally Dixon et al (see acknowledgements)/Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Languages Centre
Dictionary, finderlist and topical index, in a graphical hypertext/interactive format (using Flash). See also Ngarluma Morphological Description by Allison Kohn.
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Source: ABC/WAM
The album Sounds of the Pilbara - Songs in Language includes songs in many of the endangered languages of the Pilbara region of WA. See also the main site at WAM (Western Australian Music and listen directly here via Soundcloud.
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Source: Wangka Maya
Comprehensive site based around supporting the languages of the Pilbara area. Has information and resources for 26 Pilbara languages, including overviews and examples, dictionaries, and language teaching materials.
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