Barngarla language

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RegionSouth Australia
Extinctby 1960[1]
Revivalfrom 2012
Language codes
ISO 639-3bjb

Barngarla, formerly known as Parnkalla, is an Aboriginal language of Eyre Peninsula, South Australia, Australia.

"In 2011 an Israeli linguist, working with Adelaide University and the chair of linguistics and endangered languages, Professor Ghil'ad Zuckermann, contacted the Barngarla community about helping to revive and reclaim the Barngarla language. This request was eagerly accepted by the Barngarla people and language reclamation workshops began in Port Lincoln, Whyalla and Port Augusta in 2012" (Barngarla man Stephen Atkinson, 2013).[3] The reclamation is based on 170-year-old documents.[4][5]

In October 2016 a mobile app featuring a dictionary of over 3000 Barngarla words was publicly released.[6]

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  1. ^ a b L6 Barngarla at the Australian Indigenous Languages Database, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Banggarla". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Language lost and regained / Barngarla man Stephen Atkinson, The Australian, 20 September 2013
  4. ^ Australia’s unspeakable indigenous tragedy / Lainie Anderson, 6 May 2012
  5. ^ See Section 282 in FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA: Croft on behalf of the Barngarla Native Title Claim Group v State of South Australia (2015, FCA 9), File number: SAD 6011 of 1998; John Mansfield (judge).
  6. ^ Harrison, Billie (2016-10-12). "Barngarla app to share language | GALLERY". Port Lincoln Times. Retrieved 2017-05-09.

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