North Australian kriol – historical perspectives and new directions
The extensive massacre of Aboriginal people in the Roper River region of the Northern Territory resulted in drastic language disruption. The settling of remnants of many language groups at the Roper River mission led to the creation of Kriol. Now, after five generations, it is the primary language of many thousands of people.Bible translation and bilingual education programs have been highly significant in raising the status of Kriol. Its future seems assured, particularly as it increasingly becomes associated with Aboriginal identity and political aspirations.
Published online: 01 January 1988