The Numbers of Speakers of African Languages Emerging in Victoria

Borland, Helen and Mphande, Charles ORCID: 0000-0003-3380-0939 (2006) The Numbers of Speakers of African Languages Emerging in Victoria. Project Report. Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia.


Through the Languages Services Strategy, the Victorian Office of Multicultural Affairs (VOMA) is working to support strategic improvements to interpreting and translating services in Victoria. In order for VOMA to be able to make decisions about policy directions it requires more detailed information regarding the numbers of speakers of African languages as the use of these languages is emerging in Victorian communities. Many countries in Africa are characterised by a high level of linguistic and cultural diversity in their populations. The political and ethnic strife and conflict in a number of these countries has led in recent years to a high proportion (approximately 70%) of humanitarian and refugee immigrants to Victoria being from African countries. Whilst information is available about the source countries of these new arrivals, there are currently no accurate centrally collected statistics (eg. from Australian Bureau of Statistics- Census) on the language/s they speak and government databases are not currently designed to cope very effectively with the large number of languages which are new to Australia and, in many cases, spoken by comparatively small language communities.

Item type Monograph (Project Report)
ISBN 9781862726666
Subjects Historical > RFCD Classification > 420000 Language and Culture
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Communication and the Arts
Historical > FOR Classification > 2003 Language Studies
Keywords speakers; African Languages; Victoria; cultural diversity
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