Barngarla Language Advisory Committee

A Barngarla Language Advisory Committee (BLAC) was held at the University of Adelaide on 27-28 April 2015. Barngarla representatives from Eyre Peninsula and Professor Ghil’ad Zuckermann (Chair of Linguistics and Endangered Languages) explored, among other things, the forthcoming groundbreaking Barngarla website, Children’s University, and linguistic landscape.








The Barngarla language reclamation was mentioned by Judge Mansfield in his historic Barngarla Native Title decision (2015):

“773: The fact that Barngarla language is now being relearnt by some claimants, due to the work of Adelaide University academic Ghil’ad Zuckermann, is not evidence of continuity of the Barngarla language, although it is evidence of continuity of a notion of Barngarla identity, a notion that clearly existed amongst the Barngarla community at 1846, when Barngarla people told Schürmann of the “Barngarla matta”, and which can thus be inferred to have existed at sovereignty.”

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