By Felicity JamesOctober 29, 2014, 10:55 am
Indigenous elders in the Northern Territory are trying to save their endangered language using a smart phone app and crowdsourcing software.
Fewer than 100 people speak Marrithiyel, which is part of the Tyikim language group and spoken in regions southwest of Darwin.
Dr Linda Ford’s mother – a Marrithiyel speaker – died in 2007 and asked her to maintain the Tyikim languages.
“That’s one of the languages that we were taught from the day we were born, probably before we were born, because they would’ve been singing to us in their tummies,” the Charles Darwin University research fellow said.
“One of the things that my mother had instructed my brothers and sisters was to make sure that our languages and culture were maintained at the level that she handed them on, before she passed away.
“Not just for the Tyikim people, but for all people, particularly the Australian people, so they know that there are other languages and cultures that exist in this country.”
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