Finding common ground in a digital archive of Aboriginal languages

Michael Christie, Brian Devlin, Catherine Bow

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As we pause to celebrate 40 years since the establishment of Batchelor Institute, we reflect on the conference theme for the 40 year celebrations: ‘Finding the Common Ground with Indigenous and Western Knowledge Systems’. The Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages is a growing archive of texts and related
resources produced over the same 40 years in more than 25 Aboriginal languages. The archive is built on thousands of books which have been produced in Literature Production Centres in bilingual schools of the Northern
Territory since 1973, and it continues to grow. Much of the literature was produced by Aboriginal language workers, who were trained to record, transcribe, edit and translate their own languages over many years at Batchelor. Now in 2014, in the second stage of its development, more resources, often previously unpublished and in rare languages, are being added. This is being achieved with the help and resources of Batchelor’s Centre for Australian
Languages and Linguistics (CALL), and will include materials currently in the CALL archive, produced in the centre (and its predecessors) and in remote communities by its students.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFinding the Common Ground:
Subtitle of host publicationNarratives, Provocations and Reflections from the 40 Year Celebration of Batchelor Institute
EditorsHenk Huijser, Robyn Ober, Sandy O'Sullivan, Eva McRae-Williams, Ruth Elvin
Place of PublicationBatchelor, NT, Australia
PublisherBatchelor Press
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)978-1-74131-310-9
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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