Indigenous dictionary project aims to keep endangered languages alive

A project in development by the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation aims to revolutionise the teaching and learning of literacy in indigenous communities across Australia.

The ALNF’s Living First Language Project aims to revitalise and preserve endangered indigenous languages, while simultaneously teaching literacy in English and first languages.

Over three years, the platform will be made available to various indigenous language speakers across the country, potentially ­affecting the lives of 270,000 individuals who identify language as part of their heritage.

The project has two halves, a Dynamic Community and Children’s Dictionary, and an associated Sounds and Letters app.

Each language will have its own dictionary. The prototype includes Anindilyakwa, Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara speakers but has the potential to cover all of Australia’s living languages.

Read more: The Australian

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