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Media: Australia Gives $14 Million to Support Language Resources

Submitter: Brent Woo

Submitter Email: bwoo@linguistlist.org
Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation

Media Body: The "Creative Australia" act adds nearly $14 million to support language resources and documentation: "Provide new funding of $13.983 million over four years to develop new community-driven language resources and activities, an extension of the Indigenous Languages Support program…".

Columnist Greg Dickson wonders: while it may sound like a lot of money, does it adequately recognize the dire situation of the many endangered Indigenous languages in Australia?

Read more: http://blogs.crikey.com.au/fullysic/2013/03/13/creative-australia-lends-extra-support-to-indigenous-languages-but-is-it-enough/
Issue Number: 24.1264
Date Posted: March 13, 2013

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