Languages and cultural expression

We connect individuals and organisations interested in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages and cultural expressions.

Our Australian Indigenous Languages Collection is our main source of research and is continually updated with research outcomes. It now contains over 4300 titles and has been independently found to be of such world significance that it has been placed on the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Register.

Our projects and activities aim to:

  • support language maintenance and revitalisation programs
  • improve understanding about our language collection
  • support emerging linguists, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous
  • facilitate the archiving of Indigenous languages collection items
  • develop and maintain language resources and databases
  • inform Government policy through current research
  • deliver activities that raise the profile and status of Indigenous languages in the wider community.

Our research is often conducted in partnership with other research institutions, Indigenous regional alliances, Indigenous representative and corporate bodies, communities and individuals.

AUSTLANG, an AIATSIS dataset, is a unique web-based resource on Australian Indigenous languages which provides a single location where users can obtain information and resources, from a range of sources, in and about Australian languages. 

OzBib, another AIATSIS dataset, is a bibliography of technical materials relating to Australian languages.


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