Living Language: Country, Culture, Community, State Library of NSW

Just popped briefly into this exhibition while at the State Library. There was a terrific interactive digital display of all the indigenous languages in Australia where you could zoom into particular areas, select the language and then see the other related areas. Fascinating how confined and wide spread different languages are. I was particularly taken with this display. Not only did it look amazing and mimic in shape the source it was drawn from, E.M. Curr’s 9.4 metre ‘Australian Comparative Vocabulary’ (https://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/blogs/em-currs-australian-comparative-vocabulary) it also demonstrated so clearly diverse Aboriginal languages in Australia are just by showing the different ways of saying ‘kangaroo’.

Visited: September 2019

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