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ALL workshops and events on Monday 19 & Tuesday 20 August are BOOKED OUT



Intensive Training Workshops 

Monday 19th & Tuesday 20th August

Choose from 8 different 2-hr workshops. Attend up to 3 workshops per day.

These workshops are delivered on rotation 3 times over the two days [with the exception of Workshop 4]
If one time slot doesn't suit you you have a choice of 2 other time slots over the two days. 

NOTE: Specific workshops are NOT booked in advance.
So get to your preferred workshop early to maximise your chance of a spot.


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WORKSHOP 1: Elpis transcription workshop

Trainers: Ben Foley and Alina Rakhi
University of Queensland

Language work often relies on having access to written forms of spoken recordings. For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages, the process of transcribing speech recordings can be extremely slow, and requires special skills. Languages like English or Spanish, with large collections of recorded data, can use commercial speech recognition systems to get transcriptions, rather than relying on manual processes for all the audio. There are programs around that can be used for your own language, but they are awful to install and use. Elpis is a new system which has been made for people who aren’t computer experts, to get a ‘best guess’ transcription for audio files.

WORKSHOP 2: Creating high quality language recordings

Trainers: Dr Ruth Singer and Katie Jepson
Research Unit for Indigenous Language, University of Melbourne

In this hands-on workshop you will learn how to make high quality language recordings and manage the media files of the recordings. Participants will practice using audio recording devices and find out more about what affects the quality of recordings.  Then we will look at how to put your audio files on the computer and how to name them and organise them so that you can find them more easily.

WORKSHOP 3 : Discovering Indigenous collections on Trove

Trainers: Allison Lubransky-Moy, Hollie Gill and Cheney Brew
National Library of Australia

As well as showcasing some of the outstanding Indigenous content on Trove, this workshop will provide participants with the skills to discover and build collections on Trove, and a preview of how changes being implemented to Trove will improve discovery of First Australians content including both Indigenous and non-Indigenous language material.


WORKSHOP 4: Putting emotions and well-being into our own words

Trainers: Maïa Ponsonnet, The University of Western Australia; Steven Bird, Charles Darwin University; Dean Yibarbuk, Warddeken Land Management, NT
The University of Western Australia


  1. Presentations - Monday morning session
  2. Methods - Monday morning session
  3. Discussion and Action - Tuesday afternoon session

How do we collect emotional expressions, use them correctly, and ensure that new generations access the deeper layers of meaning they encapsulate? This workshop will bring together linguists and language workers from around the country to share practical methods for working with the language of emotions.

WORKSHOP 5: Writing down recordings using ELAN

Trainers: Ruth Singer
University of Melbourne: Research Unit for Indigenous Language (RUIL)

This workshop is focused on how to use ELAN. ELAN files creates time-aligned files so the written text matches up with the audio recording. You can use it to write down what people say and add translations too. Later you can easily find the part of the recording you need. Elan can be useful in creating electronic dictionaries, language apps and for general language study. Please bring your own laptop to the workshop, and install simple ELAN and ELAN before the workshop (

WORKSHOP 6: Linguistics, what the...?

Trainers: Sharon Edgar-Jones, Emma Murphy and Andrew Tanner
Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity (RNLD)

Words words words...linguists love breaking them up and putting them back together! But what's it all about, why is it a useful skill and how can you do it in your own language?


WORKSHOP 7: Connecting to Communities via virtual connectivity

Trainers: Stacie Saltner and Kaitlyn Lodewickus
Gidarjil Central Queensland Language Centre

The Gidarjil Central Queensland Language Centre is proactive within our communities in waking up all our languages.  To reach the vast areas we need to cover in moving our Elders and language champions towards becoming fluent speakers the CQLC is able to teach our community language lessons via our virtual classroom.  The classroom is run from our office located in Bundaberg.  We will take you through a detailed session on our language lessons and an understanding on how to learn your language.  We will also show you the mechanics of how to work the Adobe Connect classrooms and its benefits in not allowing distance to becoming a barrier in learning your language.

WORKSHOP 8: Create your own online language course using the Digital Language Shell

Trainers: Cathy Bow, Jill Nganjmirra, Seraine Namundja, Dell Hunter.
Charles Darwin University

Learn how to share your language and culture online using free and open source software. The Digital Language Shell was developed to enable Indigenous language authorities to share their language and culture online. It was first implemented for a course teaching Kunwinjku language and culture from West Arnhem Land NT, in collaboration with the Bininj Kunwok Language Project. This hands-on workshop gives participants the opportunity to learn how to implement the Digital Language Shell for their own purposes. Participants need to be familiar with basic computer use, including uploading files, creating hyperlinks, basic word processing features. Participants should bring some digital resources such as texts, images, video and audio recordings to begin creating a course to share their own language.

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Event: Women In Language
Tuesday 20th August

Our inaugural Women in Language event acknowledges and celebrates the unique and special role our women play in maintaining, transmitting and promoting our languages and culture.

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  • Leadership in language panel hosted by Karina Lester
  • Possum skin cloak workshop
  • Hula and lei making (Native Hawaiian)
  • Song writing workshop and performance
  • Native floral arrangement workshop
  • Baby moccasin making (First Nations Canada) 
  • Language immersion and education programs
  • Young women’s leadership
  • Caring for country and the environment

Leitha Assan

EVENT HOST: LEITHA ASSAN- Badhulaig, MaluyligalTorres Strait Islands
Leitha delivers cultural maintenance programs and projects that sustains, maintains and develops culture, language, art and heritage as well as supporting economic initiatives through them.

This event is open to women only
Spaces are extremely limited


Registration fee: $30

Register for Women In Language when you register for PULiiMA 2019

Already registered for PULiiMA 2019 but want to register for Women In Language? No problem, just contact us.


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Workshop: Mapping & Caring For Country Through Language
Monday 19th August

This is a full day workshop where you will get an understanding and hands on practical experience in using freely available tools from Google to allow you to create maps based upon language and knowledge. It will also include discussions in a practical sense around the importance of language within documenting flora and fauna knowledge which is held with enormous collections of language knowledge in supporting our caring for country.

You will gain the skills needed which will allow you to also create language derived maps of not just our special places but spaces where our interaction and understanding on all manners of aspects of connection to country can be recreated and visualised using new technologies and freely available tools. We will have Australians leading Aboriginal ethno-botanist and co-workers discuss from their perspectives as well as Aboriginal Rangers with input throughout the day by leading geospatiol people from CSIRO

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We are sorry to say that this workshop has exceeded its numbers with no spaces available.

Sponsors 2019

Our sponsors are valued contributors to the success of this event and will play an important role throughout the week conference. Their support and acknowledgement of the value of our languages is deeply appreciated, particularly during this International Year of Indigenous Languages.


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