This website is for people who want to teach and learn Central Australian sign languages. The word iltyem-iltyem is used in Anmatyerr to mean ‘signalling with hands, using handsigns’. It comes from the word iltya, ‘hand, finger’. Because this sign language project began with Anmatyerr people from the community of Ti Tree, we have named the website, iltyem-iltyem. This word is equivalent to iltyeme-iltyeme in Eastern/Central Arrernte and rdaka-rdaka in Warlpiri. In Kaytetye eltye eltyarrenke means ‘use hand signs’.
Rdaka-rdaka Marlu-witalpa-nyinaja ‘Hand signs: the little kangaroo’
Coral Napangardi Gallagher signs a story about a
Cindy Jinmarabynana demonstrates Maningrida Sign Language in this film. This was made in May 2016, at a sign language workshop during the WANALA
April describing languages in the Ti Tree area to the audience at the TISLR conference. April
Iltyem-iltyem: NT Language Support Program – Central Australia by Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
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