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Discovery of Indigenous Language Documentation

A treasure trove of indigenous language documents from across Australia may help in the revitalization of the country’s struggling native tongues.
The accounts of early contact between Aboriginal people and European settlers were discovered during a forensic search of the unpublished papers filed away in the basement of the colonial New South Wales State Library.
Making notes of indigenous vocabulary helped early colonists to communicate and map the landscape but this was not their primary task, so the word lists had been ignored.
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