Blogs and websites

Blogs

I started blogging on 7th February 2007 when I contributed this post to what was Transient Languages and Cultures and later became Endangered Languages and Cultures. I wrote many posts for this blog over several years.

I contribute to the following blogs:

  • EL Blog — which provides a place for challenge and debate around topics in endangered languages. Here I post mostly news about our publishing activities, as well as occasional opinion pieces
  • Ogmios Blog— this is the blog of the Foundation for Endangered Languages which I co-edited from 1st January to 14th August 2020. You can find all my posts here.
  • Ngayana Diyari Yawarra Yathayilha — was originally set up in 2013 to support a language revitalisation project initiated by the Dieri Aboriginal Corporation that was funded by an Indigenous Languages Support (ILS) grant from the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport. The project ran for the period July 2012 to September 2013. The ILS project included linguists¬†Greg Wilson and myself. The ILS project ran workshops and developed materials to support Dieri language revitalisation, and this blog reports on the progress of the project, and subsequent work on the Dieri language.
  • Jiwarli language blog — presents information about the Jiwarli language, traditionally spoken in the north-west of Western Australia and includes traditional stories and personal reminiscences Jiwarli with their English translations.
  • Languages of the Gascoyne Region, Western Australia — presents information about the Aboriginal languages traditionally spoken between the Gascoyne and Ashburton Rivers in the north-west of Western Australia.

Websites

I have been involved in the creation of the following websites:

  • Gamilaraay/Kamilaroi web dictionary — presents information on the Gamilaraay language, traditionally spoken in north-west New South Wales, Australia. It is the first ¬†the first fully hypertext bilingual dictionary of any language published on the world wide web, and was developed 25 years ago, being officially launched on 16th February 1996. There is an outline of its history in this blog post.
  • Jiwarli: A Language of Western Australia — this site was developed with a group of students at University of Melbourne in 1998. It gives an Introduction to the Jiwarli language, culture, and region of north-western Western Australia, including background about Jack Butler, the last native speaker of Jiwarli, photos, maps, short texts, and some recordings of spoken Jiwarli. The site is no longer live but is held in the National Library of Australia’s Pandora archive within its Trove catalogue. Much of the information can also be found on the Jiwarli language blog.