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1. FreeAIATSIS Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

AIATSIS: The Institute seeks to provide understanding of Australian Indigenous cultures, past and present through undertaking and publishing research, and providing access to print and audiovisual collections. It undertakes research in indigenous health and wellbeing, education, history and cultural transmission, language, arts and cultural expression as well as native title and traditional ownership. Access to collections is provided through Mura, the Institute's online catalogue.

2. FreeAustralian National Dictionary

Australian National Dictionary Centre: The Australian National Dictionary is a comprehensive, historically-based record of Australian English. It is a dictionary of Australianisms - those words and meanings which have originated in Australia, which have greater currency here than elsewhere, or which have a special significance in Australian history. It records the historical development of Australian words and phrases from their earliest use to the present day, providing evidence of this history in some 60,000 dated and referenced quotations drawn from over 9,000 Australian sources. Originally published in print in 1988.

3. FreeAustralian words

Australian National Dictionary Centre: A useful site containing information on the history and meanings of many Australian words. Includes words adopted from the various Aboriginal languages, as well as those originating on the goldfields or in the military or through immigration to Australia.

4. OnsiteDatabase on English Language Teaching for Adults in Australasia - DELTAA

RMIT Publishing: A bibliographic database that indexes and abstracts articles from published and unpublished material on English second language learning and teaching in Australasia from 1982-86, then 1990 onwards. Source documents include print, non-print and electronic resources in a wide range of formats. Subject coverage includes adult basic education, adult immigrant education, Adult Migrant English Program, applied linguistics, cross cultural communication, English as a second language, English in the workplace, literacy, second language instruction and second language learning.

5. OnsiteMLA International Bibliography

Modern Language Association: The MLA International Bibliography is a fundamental research tool for those studying modern language and literature. The Bibliography covers citations from over 3,000 journals and series, monographs, working papers and conference proceedings. Available here through the Literature Resource Center.

6. FreeOnline Dictionary of Playground Slang

This dictionary is home to words known as Playground Slang. It began simply as a collection of slang children used in school to describe their world. Over time the collection has expanded to carry nearly 3,000 terms including colloquialisms and idioms etc.

7. LicencedOxford English Dictionary

Oxford University Press, OUP: The Oxford English Dictionary is the accepted authority on the evolution of the English language over the last millennium. It is a guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million words, both present and past. It traces the usage of words through millions of quotations from a wide range of international English language sources, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to film scripts and cookery books. Available for document delivery to Australian libraries.

8. FreeRediscovering Indigenous Languages

State Library of New South Wales: The Rediscovering Indigenous Languages project aims to preserve and revitalise some of the oldest languages in the world by locating, digitising and providing access to Indigenous word lists, language records and other cultural documents. Initially includes the collections of the State Library of New South Wales but contributions from other collecting institutions and indigenous communities are invited.

9. FreeUNESCO Atlas of the World's Languages in Danger

UNESCO: The Atlas lists about 2,500 languages considered to be endangered. For each language, the Atlas provides its name, degree of endangerment, the country or countries where it is spoken, numbers of speakers, relevant policies and projects, sources, ISO codes and geographic coordinates.

10. FreeYour

Free online dictionary. Provides definitions, thesaurus entries, spelling, pronunciation and etymology of words. Includes Websters New World Dictionary and Rogets Thesaurus. Also provides links to internet language and industry specific dictionaries and translation services.


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"Australian Indigenous language collections"

A guide to Australian Indigenous language material held in the Manuscript collections of the National Library of Australia. Arranged by State and Territory and then alphabetically by language group. Descriptive information relating to the various manuscript collections containing language material is included.