About the presentation

This session will give an overview of the state of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages of Queensland. I will outline the efforts of communities to revive and maintain their traditional languages, considering the fragile nature of traditional languages in terms of fluent speakers and everyday use in Queensland communities. I will present case studies to highlight the resilience of community members to keep their languages strong.

Location: Gordon Greenwood (32) Room 309 or Via Zoom (https://uqz.zoom.us/j/82816381936)

About the presenter

Desmond Crump is from the Gamilaraay Nation of South-West Queensland and has a background in education and language research - he is currently the Industry Fellow (Indigenous Languages) in the School of Languages and Cultures, University of Queensland.

After 22 years working in State Education, Desmond established their Education Consultancy in 2002 and has worked with school-communities in revival of community language and implementing languages in schools. During the course of 20 years of language work, Desmond has been involved in several key initiatives including:

  • Advisory Group Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Language Curriculum
  • Advisory Group ACARA: Australian Curriculum - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Curriculum Framework
  • Coordinator: State Library of Queensland Indigenous Languages Project
  • National Directions Advisory Group OFTA: International Decade of Indigenous Languages 

Through this work, Desmond has been privileged to work with Elders, Traditional Custodians and language workers supporting over 100 languages across Queensland through research, community workshops and development of school-community language programs. Currently through their consultancy work, Desmond is supporting 20 South-West Queensland school-communities in the revival and teaching of Gunggari, Bidjara, Barunggam, Mandandandji, Gamilaraay, Yuwaalaraay and Bigambul.

In their role as Industry Fellow (Indigenous Languages) at the University of Queensland, Desmond is involved in the co-design of a languages revitalization program as well as the co-design of a language data archives for use by community and language researchers.

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