Issue 10 - 7 November 2011 enews home

Research project to preserve Indigenous languages in NT


By Leanne Coleman

Michael Christie

CDU's Professor Michael Christie will help create a living digital archive of endangered Indigenous literature
Literature in more than 16 Northern Territory Aboriginal languages will be preserved after Charles Darwin University researchers secured $430,000 as part of the Australian Research Council's 2012 Major Grants Announcement.

The ARC Linkage Infrastructure Equipment and Facilities funding announced by Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr allows for investment in research vital for the development of new ideas, the creation of jobs and a better quality of life for all Australians.

CDU researchers will use the funding to create a living digital archive of endangered literature in more than 16 Australian Indigenous languages.

CDU's School of Education Professor Michael Christie and Associate Professor Brian Devlin have won the ARC Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities grant for the project, "A living archive of Australian Indigenous languages". The project also involves the Australian National University.

They will build a digital archive of endangered literature in more than 16 Australian Indigenous languages in collaboration with the communities that own the languages, thereby enabling researchers to engage with texts (and related audiovisual files) as well as the Indigenous knowledge authorities for the languages.

To view the summaries of all funding outcomes and information on the funding schemes, visit www.arc.gov.au/media/major_announce.htm.