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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This site is no longer current and is not being updated.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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Yuwaalaraay [aus-x-yuq]
Source: John Giacon and David Nathan
Interactive multimedia resource for Gamilaraay and Yuwaalaraay. Includes searchable dictionary with over 2,600 entries, all including audio; 1000 spoken sentences, all transcribed, and linked to the dictionary; 44 songs and stories, all transcribed, and linked to the dictionary; various games.

Free registration and download (Windows only).

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Source: R.H. Matthews
This 1902 document has grammatical and vocabulary description for some languages of southern Queensland, central NSW, and northern Victoria, including (as Matthews spelt them) Yualeai, Pikumbil, Kawambarai, Kurnu, Tyake (Mystic), Dyirringan, Yota-yota, and Bureba. [PDF 190 pages]
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Source: John Giacon / LDC
A paper considering linguists’ roles, methods, and principles in language revival, largely based on John’s experience with Gamilaraay and Yuwaalaraay.
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Source: Peter K. Austin
A downloadable academic grammar, complied from historical sources, with introduction to the people and language, and notes on the closely related Yuwaalaraay and Yuwaaliyaay languages. Published 1993.
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Source: Yuwaalaraay Language Program/John Giacon
Dictionaries and a range of links and learning materials for Yuwaalaraay and Gamilaraay.
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