Launch of the RUIL in Australia

The University of Melbourne has recently established the Research Unit for Indigenous Language (RUIL), the first of its kind in Australia.

The focus of the RUIL is to understand the nature of indigenous languages in Australia and to address indigenous needs and language issues. They are incorporating a sociolinguistic approach.

Last December, they blogged about the “Our Land Our Language” report, which was tabled (proposed) to the national parliament last September with a recommendation of bilingual education. See “Academics urge government to heed Indigenous language report.”

As part of the RUIL’s launch, they have scheduled a talk by Bruce Pascoe on 16 May.

For the process involved in creating the “Our Land Our Language” report, see also “Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre testifying for palawa kani” and “AU government hears how children light up when learning Yawuru” on this blog.

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