Barkly languages reach the world on Twitter
Posted on: 18 September 2020, 10:10pm
THE Language Centre took part in the Twitter broadcasting to mark the 13th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples on Sunday.
Twitter Australia celebrated the nation’s Indigenous languages with voice tweets - a new feature on the social media platform - in language including two languages of the Barkly – Warumungu spoken by Rosemary Plummer and Mudburra spoken by Janey Dixon.
Tanya Jones said the team at PAK were so proud to be involved with the project.
Kara Hinesley, Director of Public Policy with Twitter Australia and NZ, said the “global first account takeover” would raise awareness of Indigenous languages, which were disappearing faster in Australia than anywhere else.
Every Indigenous language in Australia should be considered “endangered”, according to a National Indigenous Languages Report released last month.
At the time of colonialisation, 250 languages were spoken.
Today, only 12 traditional languages are considered strong and about 123 are in use or being revitalised.
Two “new languages” - Kriol, spoken in the Kimberley and Top End; and Yumplatok, spoken in the Torres Straits - are growing.
About 90 per cent of Indigenous people reported they don’t speak their traditional language, and 10 per cent spoke some of that language at home.
“Reawakening Indigenous Australian languages is really important for Aboriginal and Torres strait islander people’s sense of identity,” said Ms Hinesley.
The Twitter takeover is a partnership with the Australian Literacy & Numeracy Foundation (ALNF) to celebrate First Nations languages.
Tom Calma, the co-chairman of ANLF said Indigenous Australians said the languages are still at risk of disappearing and the Twitter campaign would help highlight Indigenous languages and cultures across Australia.
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