6 May 2018

'The children have no books in their language'

From Sunday Morning, 7:45 am on 6 May 2018

A group of linguists from the University of Auckland is trying to help save a local language under threat in Papua New Guinea. They've been running literature workshops in Bougainville with the aim of producing works in Naasioi, one of the 25 languages there.  The three University of Auckland researchers have been working with locals in the Bougainville township of Arawa. One of the researchers, Masters student Brittni Smith, says the children have no books written in Naasioi and that is one of the goals for helping locals preserve their language.