Tag: Yolngu

Gove Online Looking For News and More

In response to the unfortunate demise of Gove’s only source of local news, The Arafura Times, I decided to offer an alternative source for our community news, views, articles, events, advertisements, photos, videos and other assorted items of interest.

It is important to not only inform and promote our region, particularly during this period of transition but also to leave a record of local life for future generations. Whether you call it an electronic newspaper, an e-mag or newsletter, Gove Online is a free online news resource dedicated to our amazing region.

What is different about an electronic version? Quite simply, the cost. There are no costs involved for premises to house large and expensive printing equipment, paper or ink. There are no reporters or editors on the payroll and no delivery costs. Residing in cyberspace and freely accessible the world over, 24/7/365, our modest electronic newspaper is the logical step from costly traditional paper. However, there are plans to publish a regular hard-copy ‘newsletter’ in the future.

The existing range of content currently includes familiar sections covering local news, the business sector, sports, clubs & associations, public notices and community events. Plans are underway for a dedicated junior section to serve as a much-needed platform for the younger generation to voice their opinions and showcase their achievements. Gove Online is also looking into the delivery of a range of material in Yolŋu Matha.

What would you like to see? Please let me know.

I also encourage you, your business, club or organisation, your family and friends, to contribute news, views, articles, events and anything else you think might be useful. Please also share your photos, videos and drone footage too. Simply email your content to hello@goveonline.com.au

All the best

The Editor

 

Yolŋu Sign Language: An Undocumented Language of Arnhem Land

by Elaine Maypilama & Dany Adone

Recently there has been an increase in studies documenting the world’s languages. Most of these studies concentrate on spoken languages but there is a growing effort to document sign languages. In this short paper we describe one of the many undocumented sign languages of Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory of Australia. This Indigenous sign language is known locally as Yolŋu Sign Language (YSL). Although this language is used in daily interaction, many of its users are not aware that it is a language per se. With this brief description of YSL we hope to make our readers aware of the existence of this language. Another aim of this paper is to generate some general discussion on the status of Indigenous sign languages in Arnhem Land, which we believe have become endangered. Although YSL is an endangered language there are still measures that can be taken to prevent this language disappearing.

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Gurrumul’s life documented in new film

WHEN documenting the life of blind indigenous artist Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunipingu, an “enormous amount of research” was required, according to director Paul Williams.

Gurrumul is a portrait of an artist on the brink of global reverence, and the struggles he and those close to him faced in balancing that which mattered most to him and keeping the show on the road.