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Today's date is Thursday, August 05, 2021
UWA Linguistics Seminar : The challenges of community- led language and country maintenance Other events...
What are the realities and challenges of community-led, on-country language-revitalisation/maintenance of Martu languages in the Western Desert today?

After graduating from the ANU in 2015 with Honours in Language Studies, Duke (Garry Earl-Spurr) moved to the East Pilbara in mid-2016 to work as an applied linguist for Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa (KJ) – a Martu organisation that aims to keep country and culture strong, and to build sustainable Martu communities. Since then, KJ’s language program has been steadily gaining momentum as language increasingly becomes integrated into all facets of KJ’s work.

Duke will speak about the realities and challenges of working as an applied linguist and a part of KJ’s Martu language team on the revitalisation and maintenance of Martu languages in the Western Desert. He will discuss the integral role of language in underpinning the fundamental and amorphously intertwined Martu aspirations of strong culture, right-way land-management, and sustainable community development.

Key themes will include: Language policy & management; working and learning together in a cross-cultural setting; language and caring for country; language and cultural empowerment; language and sustainable development in the Western Desert; intergenerational transmission; decolonisation; and Western Desert Languages.
Speaker(s) Duke (Garry Earl-Spurr)
Location Social Sciences Building, Room 2.63
Contact Maa Ponsonnet <[email protected]>
Start Fri, 23 Aug 2019 11:00
End Fri, 23 Aug 2019 12:30
Submitted by Karen Eichorn <[email protected]>
Last Updated Wed, 21 Aug 2019 11:59
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