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Learning an Aboriginal Language

Posted: 2017-09-17, 4:26
by LinguistWolf
Hello. Recently, I've been fascinated with the idea of learning an Aboriginal Australian language. However, I can't find any resources for them. What Australian language has the best resources for someone who lives in America and can't buy expensive textbooks? Thank you.

Re: Learning an Aboriginal Language

Posted: 2017-09-18, 3:57
by Karavinka
I'm assuming Warlpiri? Take a look at the language resources here: ... resources/

Re: Learning an Aboriginal Language

Posted: 2017-11-06, 14:30
by księżycowy
I'm not sure if you found the answer already, and I'm equally not sure if the link already has the information I'm about to give (I've seen the link before, but I can't remember what specifically is on it).

Anyway, IAD Press has put out some good materials on several AALs (Australian Aboriginal languages). It seems their stock in store is a bit lower than I remember, so you may want to snatch up what you can.
Most textbooks run for somewhere between 20-35$ and most dictionaries are around 60$. The textbooks aren't the most expensive. You can still find many of their publications online (whether second hand or not). I have quite a few of their textbooks and am currently learning Arrernte.

Re: Learning an Aboriginal Language

Posted: 2017-12-09, 12:05
by aaakknu
Which of Australian languages has the most audio resources (recordings, songs, videos, audio/video lessons, films) available on the internet?

Re: Learning an Aboriginal Language

Posted: 2017-12-09, 12:11
by księżycowy
That's a good question. :hmm:

My first thought would be Pitjantjatjara, but I'm not really sure.

From what I have searched, that aren't a lot of things online for many of them. Though I haven't searched Youtube much, so there might be stuff there. Then again, most of my searched revolve around either Arandic or Wati dialects, so.....

Anyone else have anything?

Re: Learning an Aboriginal Language

Posted: 2017-12-10, 1:03
by księżycowy
I happened across this today: