An important aspect of the Daly Languages Project is the repatriation of language recordings back to community, so that people have ownership of their language and their family's recordings, and so that these can be used in language maintenance and revitalisation efforts. In July 2016 Ian Green and Rachel Nordlinger (funded by the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language) travelled through the Daly region of the Northern Territory, visiting communities and returning language recordings. On this trip, they distributed over 40 USBs containing language material from 8 different languages, many of which have no fluent speakers left, and all of which are highly endangered. The recordings were met with much emotion and joy, and all of the communities were extremely appreciative of the efforts made to return the recordings.
Here are some of the photos from the trip.
Ian Green & Rachel Nordlinger
ARC CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE FOR
THE DYNAMICS OF LANGUAGE