A Short History of the Noongar language
Noongar is a language spoken across the Noongar nation which ranges from south of the town of Geraldton to Esperance. It covers the entire south-west corner of Western Australia.
Speaker’s ability ranges from a handful of people who speak fluently through to many thousands of people who speak phrases, words or greetings. Many more people identify as being of Noongar heritage.
Critical work on the recording, analysis, databasing and development of language preservation material is being undertaken by the Noongar Language Centre. This work is necessary in order to capture the language and ensure it’s preservation for future gernations.
Noongar is a language in rapid recovery with revival activities undertaken in many places across the vast Noongar landscape. NBLC aims to support language revival and use by working with all generations of people. NBLC will create the preservation documents necessary for language survival such as dictionaries, grammars and books. NBLC will also create language revival and learning resources such as educational programs, learner’s books, interactive learning resources and run actual language learning courses.
For information on the Noongar language learning courses, see the Events page on this website.
To obtain a copy of the NBLC brochure about linguistic work at NBLC, click here.