The vast majority of Australia’s Indigenous languages – some 250 are estimated to have existed at the time British colonisation – are no longer in use.
Now, the Australian government is being pushed to revalue Indigenous languages in a call for the payment of compensation for language loss, to be put towards increased funding for language revitalisation, with the claim that the loss of language is more detrimental than the loss of land.
Ghil’ad Zuckermann, Professor of Linguistics and Endangered Languages, The University of Adelaide, South Australia.
Professor Ghil’ad Zuckermann’s website (http://www.zuckermann.org/)
Article ‘Stop, Revive, Survive’, written by Ghil’ad Zuckermann & Michael Walsh, 2011; published in the ‘Australian Journal of Linguistics’ (31: 111-127) (http://www.zuckermann.org/pdf/Revival_Linguistics.pdf)
The Mobile Language Team website (http://www.mobilelanguageteam.com.au/)
An outline of Indigenous Languages Support by the Australian federal government (http://arts.gov.au/sites/default/files/indigenous/ils/ils-factsheet.pdf)