‘Keep language alive’: Grant

LANGUAGE ALIVE: Dr Stan Grant wants the Wiradjuri language to be more widely spoken.

LANGUAGE ALIVE: Dr Stan Grant wants the Wiradjuri language to be more widely spoken.

A PROMINENT Wiradjuri elder hopes his native tongue will be as well known to Australians as Maori languages are to New Zealanders.

Dr Stan Grant has been the driving force in keeping Wiradjuri language alive.

“It was almost dead, now it is a living language,” he said. 

Across the ditch, New Zealanders overwhelmingly embrace Maori language. There is a Maori version of the national anthem, Maori language street signs and it is taught in every school.

Dr Grant is working with PhD student Bernard Sullivan to create a series of animated Wiradjuri language songs to be distributed to primary schools. Mr Sullivan said technology was merely a tool to help spread and transport the language.

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