Indigenous Word Lists
Languages belonging to Iwaidja, Garig, Wulna, Arrernte and Larrakia peoples were amongst the earliest languages collected and organised into word lists by newcomers to the Northern Territory. Libraries play a role in the preservation of historic Indigenous language materials and are a resource for people wanting to reclaim and revitalise languages devastated by colonisation. Learn more about the early word lists in our collections and the people who collated them.
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Dig Deeper and Discover More
Search our specialist digital collection featuring documents, newspapers, rare images, manuscripts, maps, and audiovisual materials relating to Aboriginal or Indigenous languages.
Search our library catalogue for works on Aboriginal or Indigenous Languages. We have hundreds of books on site and can provide many digital documents.
You can also search for specific languages such as Larrakia, Arrernte, or Yolngu Matha.
The collections include academic works on the language and society as well as more technical linguistic works.