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Archival recovery: identification of language material from the collection

The first phase of the Rediscovering Languages Project has been completed, with some significant collections of language material identified. Dr Michael Walsh, an external linguistic specialist, undertook research with the Library for a twelve month period to identify collections that were previously inaccessible.

The results of the research have been exciting with over 200 listings relating to 100 languages being identified by Professor Walsh. The listings of this material have been prioritised and the project team is working on a schedule to digitise and document the collection. This will include updating and enhancing the collection records for each of the items that have been identified. The digitisation will provide new ways for the public to access this important language material. 

Listen to the ABC Radio interview with Ronald Briggs and Melissa Jackson, interviewed with Michael Cathcart on the Bush Telegraph. The interview Rediscovering the lost languages of Australia can be downloaded from the ABC website (interview of 5 September 2011).

Kirsten Thorpe, Indigenous Unit