Language Legends Help Create a Colorful Snapshot of Australia’s Linguistic Diversity · Global Voices
What better way to visualize the diversity of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages than with a multimedia online map?
“Gambay,” which means “together” in the Butchulla language of the Harvey Bay region in Queensland is a colorful resource map that provides information on more than 780 of the country’s native languages. Each dot on the map represents a different language region, and those dots showing similar colors indicate those languages that may have characteristics in common. Only around 20 of these languages are used on a daily basis by fluent speakers, so being able to establish links between similar languages is an important strategy to establish mutual support.