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Speech Pathology Guide: Australian Languages

Find targeted resources for research and referencing

Australian Indigenous Languages

Choosing a Language

Best databases to use for Australian Languages

Australian Indigenous languages haven't been researched as thoroughly as you may hope - and often the research that is available is older than 5-10 years (so check with your lecturer about how old your sources can be). You will need to find other spelling variations for the language names, as well as the names of neighbouring languages and larger language groups in order to get the most results from the databases. The websites in the other box on this page will help.

For example, if you are researching Yolngu, you should look it up in AUSTLANG, where you would find there are several Yolngu languages/dialects with different names, such as Djinang and Ritharrngu. Combine as many names as you can find with an "OR" in the databases to get the most results.

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