Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Program Set to Teach Language; Sounds, Grammar of Indigenous Speak

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Program Set to Teach Language; Sounds, Grammar of Indigenous Speak

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ASHLEY CLARK

JOURNALIST

ashley.clark@news-mail.com.au

AUSTRALIAN indigenous languages are fast becoming extinct and are one of the most threatened on earth.

The threat has prompted one group to hold language lessons in order to emphasise and celebrate the unique and essential role of indigenous languages throughout the Bundaberg community.

The Central Queensland Language Centre, with Gidarjil Development Corporation Ltd, will hold Community Language Lessons at the Neighbourhood Centre this month.

Language worker Aunty Melinda Holden said Gurang and Gooreng Gooreng, two of the three prominent indigenous languages spoken in Bundaberg, would be taught during the eight week program.

"We will teach the sounds, grammar and everyday sentences so people are able to converse with each other," she said.

"We will also teach how to write sentences in these languages."

Aunty Melinda said indigenous languages differed greatly from the modern day English language.

"We have what is called a free word order," she said. …

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