SBS Radio News: Restoring Indigenous languages

6 Sep 13: "From an estimated 250 Indigenous languages at 
the time of European settlement, only about 20 are now 
widely spoken in Australia. ... But where governments once 
ordered that the languages not be spoken, they are now 
funding their revival. Whether the restoration efforts are 
enough for widespread revitalisation of the languages is 
yet to be seen, but Indigenous workers in the field say the 
seeds of success are beginning to germinate. South-eastern 
Australia bore the initial brunt of European settlement, 
and with that came a heavy impact on Indigenous culture 
and language." By Murray Silby


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