Linguistics PhD student from Vanuatu speaks with ABC1233

Thursday, 16 April 2015


The University of Newcastle's (UON) Endangered Languages Documentation, Theory and Application Research Program is a unique area of linguistics research. Lana Takau speaks about her experience studying a PhD in linguistics at UON.

PhD student Lana Takau

"I would like to work with communities to revitalise their language."

"Language is an expression of their identity, so you help to preserve their identity and also the cultural knowledge… names of plants with their medicinal properties… and custom stories that would be lost forever if nothing is done to preserve the language."

"My two supervisors are really good. I am so happy that I was offered the opportunity to come here…"

Linguistics PhD student Lana Takau with Jill Emberson on ABC1233

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