Getting in touch: language and digital inclusion in Australian Indigenous communities

This project addresses the digital divide in remote communities through the development of innovative, culturally relevant technologies for speakers of Indigenous languages. The project outcomes will be (1) a better understanding of the role of language in the use of digital technology in remote Indigenous communities; (2) the piloting of innovative research methodologies and (3) the adaptation of two apps to the needs of remote communities. Participatory research methods will be used to study the collaboration between university-based researchers, software developers and remote indigenous communities.

Researchers

Rachel Nordlinger [Research Unit for Indigenous Language, Faculty of Arts, UoM]

Ruth Singer [Research Unit for Indigenous Language, Faculty of Arts, UoM]

Jennifer Green [Research Unit for Indigenous Language, Faculty of Arts, UoM]

Steven Bird [Language Technology Group, Engineering, UoM]

Jenny Manmurulu [Warruwi School]

Kral Inge [Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, ANU]

Margaret Carew [Desert Peoples Centre, Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education (Alice Springs Campus)]

Research outputs

Publications

Carew M., Green J., Kral I., Nordlinger R. & Singer R. (2015) 'Getting in touch: language and digital inclusion in Australian Indigenous communities', Language documentation and conservation 9:307-323

Media

Muting Indigenous language support only widens the gapThe Conversation, Tuesday 27 May 2014

The next step for Indigenous languages in the NT, ABC Open, Tuesday 13 May 2014

Research Program

Indigenous people