Australian project hunts lost indigenous languages
BBC, 12 August 2011

NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA: the New South Wales State Library in Australia has launched a three-year project aiming to revive lost indigenous languages using the letters and diaries of early British settlers. The project “Rediscovering Indigenous Languages,” which is funded by mining company Rio Tinto, aims to identify as many word lists as possible in the library’s collections, and make them available to the relevant indigenous communities. “A nation’s oral and written language is the backbone to its culture,” said the Arts Minister of New South Wales George Souris. “The preservation of the languages and dialects of our indigenous citizens is a very important project in this regard.” “The project will introduce and reconnect people with indigenous culture” said Rio Tinto’s Noelle Nelson. Read the article …

NICO commences indigenous language classes
Vanguard (Nigeria), 11 August 2011

LAGOS, NIGERIA: Nigeria’s National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) has commenced its indigenous language programmes in Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba, further adding Izon language. The programme’s main objectives are to create awareness on the need to speak, create a sense of pride in, and preserve the country’s indigenous languages. Read the article …