Tiffany Tsao • 20 May 2022
How does language govern our perceptions? And, perhaps more importantly, what governs which languages we speak, hear and read? What makes some languages more acceptable or authoritative than others? What can some languages convey that other languages simply can’t?
We begin with two essays from Tara June Winch’s eight-part essay series on the history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander literature in Australia, published by Griffith Review in 2019 to celebrate the International Year of Indigenous Languages. Next comes an interview with Palestinian activist, organiser and storyteller Jeanine Hourani, wherein she talks about changing the narrative around Arabs, Muslims, Palestinians and refugees, and also about the limitations of the English language.
Yogyakarta-based artist and graphic designer Natasha Tontey speaks to interviewer Bianca Winataputri about the possibilities inherent in speaking in tongues, SHIFT JIS and coded languages in general. David Carlin reflects on a language that insists on its omniscience and obscures what it suppresses – the language spoken by the encyclopedias of his childhood.
Last but not least, Sharon Davis remedies widespread misconceptions about Aboriginal English and Kriol in her article for IndigenousX.
Two announcements that may be of interest to writers of non-fiction!
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