[Tagging] Mapping language borders, tagging offical languages?

Joseph Eisenberg joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com
Sat Sep 15 06:47:53 UTC 2018

Are aboriginal lands already in OSM as boundary relations? I believe there
is some debate about whether to use boundary=protected_area or
I know that many Reservations in the USA are still yet to be mapped, though
the data should be available from the government.
If we are primarily mapping defined boundary relations, it should be
feasible. Mapping individual setlements would be more challenging! I would
leave that to the local folks to add themselves, just as each community
decides what default name=* value will be used, and in what language.

On Sat, Sep 15, 2018 at 3:35 PM Graeme Fitzpatrick <graemefitz1 at gmail.com>

> On Sat, 15 Sep 2018 at 08:14, Graeme Fitzpatrick <graemefitz1 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> I speak with a couple of people on other forums, one who manages the
>> stores in some of these communities in the Northern Territory & Western
>> Australia, & the other was Head Nurse in a local hospital, so I'll bounce
>> the question of them & report back.
> The question that I posed:
> "What language/s are spoken in all the various communities?
> Primarily English / "Pidgin" (not sure if that's the right word for it)
> but their own "nations" language as well, the other way round or what ?
> & will this change, community to community "
> Responses from the people concerned
> "The language does change from locations such as the desert locations and
> here in Arnhem land. Interesting when we were in Peppimenarti, they spoke
> their language but with a mixture of English words and we could understsnd
> it.
> Around Arnhem land the lauguage is pretty much the same being Yolngu
> people. I think most indigenous would be able to understand most
> locations though with a few meanings that may be different.
> Here at xxxxxxxxx they will chat in their own language and I normally walk
> past, joke and say what did you call me and they would just laugh."
> &
> "Most Indigenous Australians learn English at school these days and speak
> their language at home and to each other when they're out and about. Some
> larger cities have ESL classes as well.
> The map in the link below was the screensaver on all of the monitors at my
> previous workplace. There's a bit of information in there, too, which you
> may find interesting. :)
> They also provided links to
> https://aiatsis.gov.au/explore/articles/aiatsis-map-indigenous-australia,
> & https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_Aboriginal_languages, which
> shows the sort of task you'd have in front of you! :-)
> Thanks
> Graeme
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