Word for Word #23 Noongar: The pulse of language

Nov 26, 2018
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In Indigenous cultures, traditional languages are bound up with family, history and place. In this episode, we meet three Noongar people - Miles Franklin-winning novelist Kim Scott; music historian Clint Bracknell; and performer and director Kylie Bracknell - to ask how an ancient, endangered language can live and thrive today.

Join us as we explore our language: the ways we use it, the ways we abuse it, and the ways we ultimately change it.

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Additional links

Read more on the topics and people featured in this week's episode:

The Wirlomin Noongar Language and Stories Project

Keep our languages alive: Kylie Bracknell (nee Farmer) at TEDxManly (video)

The Noongar Shakespeare Project

Shakespeare's Sonnets in Aboriginal Noongar Language (video)



Word for Word is produced by Kate Sherington for Macquarie Dictionary and Pan Macmillan Australia.

Many thanks to Kim Scott, Dr Clint Bracknell and Kylie Bracknell.

Visit Clint & Kylie’s website here: http://boomerangandspear.com/

Read more about Kim’s latest novel Taboo here: https://www.panmacmillan.com.au/9781925483741/

Thanks also to the Wirlomin Project for permission to use audio from the “Mamang” story, and to the Australian Broadcasting Corportation for permission to use audio from Q&A episode on "Over 400 years of Shakespeare".

All sound effects and clips are public domain, royalty-free, or used by permission.

Music used in this episode is by Broke For Free, available from the Free Music Archive and used by permission of the artist. Find more music by Broke for Free including The Gold Lining; and If.

Our logo is by Amy Sherington.

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