Developing a Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages

Catherine Bow, Michael Christie, Brian Devlin

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The fluctuating fortunes of Northern Territory bilingual education programs in Australian languages and English have put at risk thousands of books developed for these programs in remote schools. In an effort to preserve such a rich cultural and linguistic heritage, the Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages project is establishing an open access, online repository comprising digital versions of these materials. Using web technologies to store and access the resources makes them accessible to the communities of origin, the wider academic community, and the general public. The process of creating, populating, and implementing such an archive has posed many interesting technical, cultural and linguistic challenges, some of which are explored in this paper.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)345-360
Number of pages16
JournalLanguage Documentation and Conservation
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2014


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