Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Aboriginal Language Map

The Aboriginal Language Map is an attempt to represent all of the language, tribal or nation groups of Indigenous Australia. Large groupings of people are mixed with smaller clans, dialects or individual languages. Created by David R Horton, it is based on language data gathered by Aboriginal Studies Press, AIATSIS and Auslig/Sinclair, Knight, Merz, (1996).
The page has a nice magnifier so you can see the wealth of detail.
Some areas such as this part of the northern coast have some remarkably detailed diversity.
Cities appear on the map but the text is muted so the important details stand out.
In several places they mention that the map is not suitable for native title or other land claims. It is useful though for distinguishing between Waka Waka and Gubbi Gubbi.

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