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Mirriwoong Indigenous Dictionary

Tuesday 19th September / presented by Kylie Sturgess

The Aboriginal language Miriwoong is one of the oldest languages on Earth, however in 2017 only 10 people are able to speak it fluently.

Miriwoong is considered to be critically endangered, on the brink of extinction, but a group in the remote Kimberley is making sure that does not happen.

The first official Miriwoong dictionary has been published by Mirima Dawang Woorlab-gerring, a small language and cultural centre in Kununurra who consider language as being synonymous with identity.

Knut Olawsky, the senior linguist of the dictionary, spoke with Kylie on The Mag this morning to explain the importance in ensuring the survival of the language.

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