Lost indigenous language revived in Australia
BBC News, 22 January 2013

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: The Kaurna language once thrived and was spoken by the original inhabitants of Adelaide. But it began to disappear from daily use in South Australia as early as the 1860s. Ivaritji, an elder who was thought to be the last fluent speaker of Kaurna, died in the late 1920s. More than 80 years later, its unique sounds have been brought back to life. To restore this ancient tongue, researchers trawled through historical archives produced by religious groups and colonial officials to bring it back from the dead. “It is about self-identity and cultural identity as well,” explained Vincent “Jack” Buckskin, who runs evening courses for both Aboriginal and non-indigenous students. Read the article …

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