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Openness to research: Vanuatu Languages: United and Diverse
Vanuatu is the most densely populated land in the word, with an approximate 138 different native tongues. Whilst they all form part of the Ocean icons, these three thousand years later these tongues have developed from a once uniform web of dialects into a multilingual tapestry that we know today.
Vanuatu is a precious lab to explore how language variety can come out of the former oneness. It is the first joint publication devoted exclusively to the different tongues of this island and the various ways of its variety. Vanuatu Languages: Oneness and Variety provide new insight into the many aspects of Vanuatu's wealth youself.
Ourimbah to Vanuatu: Documentation of a vanishing language / News / Newsroom
To document an threatened Australian language was not exactly what Amy Dewar saw in her burial business but that is exactly where her exceptional trip with the University of Newcastle (UON) took her. One of more than 800 UON and TAFE alumni who graduate from the UON CAMUS in Ourimbah this weekend.
"My trip to the UCLA was a little complicated. "There was a chance to take me and my man to the Central Coast, where I concentrated on my careers and my families before I found the lovely Ourimbah campus," she said. Great interest in English and literacy became a new obsession for the mechanism behind the language.
Now, that she has completed her year of honor under the direction of Dr. Catriona Malau, Amy's research has taken her to the small isle of Emae in Vanuatu, where there are less than 400 remaining Indians who speak the native language of Fakamae. At the beginning of the year, she stayed a whole week with a Korean hostess and documented the language threatened by disappearance.
Fakamae are proud of their language and want to keep it going despite the growing impact of other tongues. Amy is currently recording the Fakamae property for her Honours projects and is planning to eventually create expenses that will be useful to the fellowship, such as a functioning vocabulary and studyware.
"Obviously, the loss of a language has a great influence on coming generation and finally on their people. She is already preparing a journey back to Vanuatu as part of the Endangered Languages Documentation Programme to do her Ph. D. thesis.