Always was, always will be Aboriginal Language – Ma!


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Presenter:  Research Unit for Indigenous Language, University of Melbourne

Date: Dec 01, 2020

Time: 5:00pm

Contact person:  Research Unit for Indigenous Language
T: +61 3 8344 3311
E: RUIL-contact@unimelb.edu.au

Location:  Webinar

This presentation focusses on a threatened Aboriginal language from the Daly River region called Marranunggu. Linda Payi Ford and Emily Tyaemaen Ford will discuss the work and activities of the Marranunggu Language team and the importance of reviving threatened Aboriginal languages for Aboriginal people and Australians. For the purposes of this project, funded by First Languages Australia, the Language Team have decided to apply D.T. Tryon’s ‘Introduction to Maranungku’, its text & recordings from 1967 to build a Marranunggu (Maranungku) dictionary. The Marranunggu language is one of many non-Pama-Ngunyan Daly River Languages. Darrell Tryon (Linguist) worked on ‘Maranungku’ language in 1967. As Mak Mak Marranunggu people from Kurrindju on the Finniss River and Reynolds River region we spell it Marranunggu.

In this presentation we will talk about the process of building the first Marranunggu dictionary and the development of language learning and teaching activities, including Family Group Cultural Weekends and the use of Instagram (Djulburr) as a platform for sharing language material. It is vital that the Australian Government and other agencies fund Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages as these are Australian historical and living archives of First Nations People and all Australians.

Always was, always will be Aboriginal Language – Ma! Marranunggu waki ninni!

Presenters

Linda Payi Ford, Associate Professor, Charles Darwin University

Linda Payi Ford is a Rak Mak Mak Marranunggu woman from Kurrindju. Ford’s country is Kurrindju in the Finniss River and Reynold River regions south west of Darwin in the Northern Territory. Associate Professor Ford is a Principal Research Fellow in the Northern Institute in the College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society located in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia. She applies her Mirrwana and Wurrkama (2005) methodology to her Indigenous research practice and theory across multiple disciplinary fields. Ford balances her academic research career, teaching and learning in higher education, family, caring for country and culture.

Emily Tyaemaen Ford, Associate Researcher, Charles Darwin University
Emily Tyaemaen Ford is a Rak Mak Mak Marranunggu woman from Kurrindju in the Finniss River and Reynold River regions about 140km South-West of Darwin in the Northern Territory. Emily is a Research Associate in the Northern Institute at Charles Darwin University in the College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society located in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia. Emily has presented to audiences on the Marranunggu language project locally, nationally, and internationally. Emily balances her academic research career, teaching and learning throughout the community, family, caring for country and culture.

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