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Australia as a Multilingual Nation


For the benefit of readers unfamiliar with Australia's multilingual situation, the following statistics on language are provided, all derived from the 1976 Australian Census, the most recent one to provide detailed information on language use.l

A wealth of languages is represented in Australia: depending on what is considered a language and what a dialect, the number of languages present in Australia is estimated at around 150 for the Aboriginal languages (100 of which are threatened by extinction) and between 75 and 100 for the immigrant languages.

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P. Buschenhofen 1983. Current emphases in the N[orthern]T[erritory] Department of Education's bilingual education program for Aboriginal children. Journal of intercultural studies. 4. 2. 422.

L. Ellis 1983. An evaluation of a library service to four ethnic communities. Australian library journal. 32. 4. 1323.

M. S. Gilhotra 1984. Language maintenance among Sikhs in Woolgoolga. Journal of intercultural studies. 5. 1. 3354.

M. Klarberg 1983. Diglossic education. The Jewish tradition, some Australian manifestations and their implications. Journal of intercultural studies. 4. 2. 5566.

R. Lewis , M. Rado , and L. Foster . 1983. A neglected issue in language policy: The students' view. Journal of intercultural studies. 4. 1. 2137.

B. Moutsos-Stergiopoulos 1983. The Greek bilingual project. Journal ofintercultural studies. 4. 2. 6771.

R. Poon , J. Goodnow , and G. Cooney . 1983. Adults' involvement in second language learning: Interest in English among recent Chinese-speaking arrivals in Australia. Journal of intercultural studies. 4. 1. 3956.

R. Rubichi 1983. Planning and implementation of a bilingual program: Italian in South Australia. Journal of intercultural studies. 4. 2. 922.

J. J. Smolicz 1984. Minority languages in the core values of culture: Changing policies and ethnic response in Australia. Journal of multilingual and multicultural development. 5. 1. 2347.

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Annual Review of Applied Linguistics
  • ISSN: 0267-1905
  • EISSN: 1471-6356
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