Reclaiming Indigenous Signs: Insights from Sign languages in Australia and the Pacific


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Presenter:  Professor Dany Adone and Dr. Melanie Anna Brueck, University of Cologne, Germany

Date: Aug 08, 2019

Time: 10:30am to 12:00pm

Contact person:  Northern Institute
T: 08 8946 7468
E: thenortherninstitute@cdu.edu.au

Location:  Northern Institute, Yellow Building 1, Level 2, Room 48 (Savanna Room) / available to view LIVE via WebEx

Professor Dany Adone
Chair of Applied Linguistics, Co-Director of Centre for Australian Studies (Linguistics), Director of Language Lab, Dept. English Studies I, University of Cologne, Germany
University Professorial Fellow, Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University, Australia

Dr. Melanie Anna Brueck
Postdoc Researcher (Applied English Linguistics, Prof. D. Adone), Coordinator of Language Lab, English Department I
University of Cologne, Germany

Abstract
UNESCO has declared 2019 the International Year of Indigenous Languages. As such, this research seminar will discuss several aspects of documenting Indigenous sign systems in Australia and the Pacific in order to preserve cultural heritage.
Part one focuses on Indigenous alternate sign languages in Australia, in the Northern Territory and Western Australia. Current work on Yolŋu Sign Language, Arnhem Land Signed Lingua Franca, and Miriwoong Sign Language will be presented.
Part two covers Indigenous sign languages in the Pacific Islands region, focussing on Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. Similar to spoken languages, these sign languages are endangered and will be replaced by foreign sign languages if no action is taken to save them.

About Professor Marie Carla Dany Adone
Professor Dany Adone is currently the Head of the School of Modern Languages and Cultures and the Head of the Department of English I at the University of Cologne, Germany. She also holds the Chair of Applied English Linguistics and is the Director of the Australian Studies Program (Linguistics) in the English Department. Since 2013 Prof. Adone is a University Professorial Fellow affiliated with the Northern Institute/CDU. She is also a Honorary Professor at the University of Seychelles. Read her full profile HERE

About Dr. Melanie Anna Brueck
Dr Melanie A. Brück is a PostDoc Researcher and Lecturer at the Chair of Applied English Linguistics (Prof. Adone) in the English Department/University of Cologne and the Coordinator of the Language Laboratory of the Faculty of Arts & Humanities/ University of Cologne. She is also one of the coordinators of the Centre for Australian Studies in Cologne. Her research interests focus on the interaction of language and culture, multimodality, language contact, and the Indigenous languages of Australia and the Pacific Islands region.

When              Thursday, 08 August 2019 @ 10.30am – 12.00pm
Where             Northern Institute, Yellow Building 1, Level 2, Room 48 (Savanna Room - MAP) / available to view LIVE via WebEx
RSVP               by Wednesday, 07 August 2019 via Outlook or thenortherninstitute@cdu.edu.au

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