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Community-based teaching and learning programs are informed by ongoing research. A growing body of evidence affirms what Aboriginal people already know - that the passing on of traditional language is a powerful and effective way of improving health and wellbeing in their communities.


Linguist Frances Kofod has studied and documented Gija since the 1970s and continues her substantial research and documentation of Gija grammar. Macquarie University’s Dr. Joe Blythe is undertaking research into Gija conversation and Anna Crane’s doctoral project with the University of Sydney is exploring Gija discourse and pedagogy.  


Money for language: Indigenous language funding in Australia

Maboob, Jacobsen, Kemble & Zu, 06 June 2017

Indigenous languages are good for your health: Health and wellbeing implications of regaining or retaining Australian languages

Walsh, 11 July 2017

The Elders’ report into preventing Indigenous self-harm & youth suicide, 03 April, 2014

Indigenous language link to health & wellbeing

AIATSIS, 05 March 2014

The importance of Indigenous languages

APHREF, September 2012

The role of Indigenous languages

APHREF, September 2012

Re-awakening languages: Theory & practice in the revitalisation of Australia's Indigenous languages

Hobson, Lowe, Poetsch & Walsh, 2010

Indigenous languages programmes in Australian schools

Purdie, Frigo, Ozolins, Noblett, Thieberger & Sharp, 2008



Gija dictionary launch

Yahoo7 News, 03 November 2016

How Miriwoong language is being saved

NITV, 20 July 2016

Warmun you got a story

Artlink, 01 June 2016

From Bronte to Warmun

The Daily Telegraph, 29 May 2015

Warmun crowdfund for Gija language classes

ABC News, 06 May 2015


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