Article published in:Communication and Translation in Aboriginal Contexts
Edited by Edith L. Bavin
[Australian Review of Applied Linguistics. Series S 5] 1990
► pp. 48–63
Aboriginal languages and language training in the Northern Territory
Aboriginal languages are still widely used in most parts of the Northern Territory, particularly in isolated communities. These languages and their associated patterns of communication and socio-cultural systems are very different from those of the mainstream Australian society. The contact between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal groups is characterized by extensive communication failure and by differences in status. Language related problems of intercultural contact exist within the formal education system and in general communication situations, giving rise to a variety of needs for education and training for both non-Aboriginal and Aboriginal groups.
Published online: 01 January 1990