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’.
Here is a great film made by women at Balgo, showing approximately 40 signs that they use alongside their spoken language
Eileen Pwerrerl Campbell is one of the leaders of the Iltyem-iltyem project.
She lives at Ti Tree, and is
We are pleased to welcome Karen Mezentsef as an Associate of Batchelor Institute. Karen
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.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are warned that the content on this website may contain images and voices of people who have passed away.