Developing an Aboriginal language policy for Western Australia: Some issues

Document Type

Book Chapter


Faculty of Education and Arts


School of Communications and Arts / Centre for Research in Entertainment, Arts,Technology, Education and Communications




McKay, G. (2009). Developing an aboriginal language policy for Western Australia: some issues. In: Mahboob, A., & Lipovsky, C. (eds) Studies in applied linguistics and language learning. Newcastle on Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.


Studies in Applied Linguistics and Language Learning brings together new and original studies in the area of critical applied linguistics, language policy and planning, and language learning and teaching. The book, divided into three sections, first offers critical views on various aspects of language in society, ranging from the construction of national identity, language and justice, racial and identity issues in the ELT industry, to language in business discourse. It then reports on language policy in the school curriculum, language learning in tertiary education, and Aboriginal languages policy. In the third section, it addresses issues in language learning and teaching, such as the role of parents in literacy learning, multiple script literacy, and language learning and maintenance strategies.