Liam Williams Price & Alison Soutar

Liam Williams Price & Alison Soutar

LIAM JANGALA WILLIAMS PRICE Liam is Warlpiri Australian that was raised in a multi-language speaking household. He has a keen interest in the relationship between geography and its impact on languages that are spoken. Before working in the Australian language space, he worked extensively in design and applies the problem-solving skills to his work today. Liam currently works at the University of Newcastle, just north of Sydney, Australia. He supports the native Australian language reclamation efforts in his state and seeks to build connections between native 1st language speakers and non-speaking native language speakers. Going forward, Liam hopes to provide communication tools and strategic planning methods to support traditional Aboriginal languages in Australia. As the entire traditional culture in Australia is tied to the landscape, the removal of people from their traditional areas has impacted the language immensely. His main goal is to give credence to 1st language native speakers the title as experts in the traditional languages and culture and to allow the easy exchange of communication.

ALISON SOUTAR Alison Soutar is an Australian based linguist with two decades experience working in the languages sector in a variety of capacities. She has worked with hundreds of Aboriginal people across Australia and the Islands on language documentation and reclamation projects and has delivered training, created courses, resources and support tools for language communities in a broad range of settings around the world. Australia’s record on language loss is well known and as a community linguist working with multiple language groups Alison is always looking at ways to more efficiently and effectively enhance language work. She is particularly passionate about working with our living language speakers to not only assist them in documenting their own language knowledge but to promote the value of their input in helping language reclamation communities unlock and reconstruct their languages. She believes as the revival of Aboriginal languages enters a new phase in Australia, it’s the understanding of how cultural knowledges, practices and unique world views underpin all aspects of our languages, and the willingness to look at language and grammatical patterning from the Aboriginal lens that will allow our languages to be fully reconstructed. This is Alison's first polyglot language event which she is very excited about as she believes connecting with linguists, language practitioners, speakers, learners and advocates around the world to exchange ideas and work collaboratively enhances our mission to promote the value of our languages and may also help uncover new ways of documenting and understanding our languages.


5:40 pm - 6:25 pm

Yimikirli and Why It's Important for Australian Aboriginal People

Native Australian languages are as varied as the vast continent. Come and learn about native language practitioners and language reclamation efforts. You'll also get to experience an introductory lesson to Warlpiri, a language from Central Australia.