Palawa kani

palawa kani
Created byTasmanian Aboriginal Centre
Datefrom 1992[1]
EthnicityAboriginal Tasmanians
Language revival
  • palawa kani
Latin alphabet[2]
SourcesEastern Tasmanian, Northeastern Tasmanian languages and Flinders island lingua franca[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3none; see codes for constructed languages
ELPPalawa Kani
IETFart-x-palawa (unofficial)[4]

Palawa kani is a constructed language[1] created by the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre[3] as a composite Tasmanian language, based on reconstructed vocabulary from the limited accounts of the various languages once spoken by the eastern Aboriginal Tasmanians.[5][6]

The centre wishes to keep the language private[clarification needed] until it is established in the community and claims copyright. The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) outlines that indigenous people should have the right to control their own cultural knowledge, including languages.[7] However, languages cannot get copyright under Australian or international law.[8] In practice, the centre only allows unrestricted outside access to place names; dictionaries and other copyrightable resources for learning the language are only provided to the Aboriginal community.[9]

  1. ^ a b c Berk, Christopher D. (2017). "Palawa Kani and the Value of Language in Aboriginal Tasmania". Oceania. 87 (1): 2–20. doi:10.1002/ocea.5148.
  2. ^ "Ya pulingina. Bringing these words to life is an extension of our identity". The Guardian. 2 September 2016.
  3. ^ a b T16 palawa kani at the Australian Indigenous Languages Database, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
  4. ^ "ConLang Code Registry". Retrieved 27 September 2022.
  5. ^ "palawa kani language program". Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre.
  6. ^ Harman, Kristyn. "Explainer: how Tasmania's Aboriginal people reclaimed a language, palawa kani". The Conversation.
  7. ^ Janke, Terri (2021). True Tracks. Sydney: UNSW Press. p. 32. ISBN 9781742236810.
  8. ^ Cite error: The named reference Verge was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  9. ^ "Policy and Protocol for Use of palawa kani Aboriginal Language, 2019" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 November 2016. Retrieved 24 October 2021.

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