Rdaka-rdaka Marlu-witalpa-nyinaja

Rdaka-rdaka Marlu-witalpa-nyinaja

Rdaka-rdaka Marlu-witalpa-nyinaja ‘Hand signs: the little kangaroo’ Coral Napangardi Gallagher signs a story about a little kangaroo in a literacy reader from the Yuendumu Bilingual Program. The book is available through the Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages.

Cindy Jinmarabynana demonstrates Maningrida Sign Language in this film. This was made in May 2016, at a sign language workshop during the WANALA meeting in Alice Springs. Cindy speaks her language Burarra while signing.

Iltyem-iltyem goes to TISLR

Iltyem-iltyem goes to TISLR

  The Iltyem-iltyem team recently attended a Sign Languages Conference at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (4-7 January 2016). This was the Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research Conference (TISLR). TISLR is an international conference held every three years, in different places around the world. This was the first time for TISLR in Australia. April […]

An artist’s response to Anmatyerr hand signs

An artist’s response to Anmatyerr hand signs

Artist Charlotte Haywood‘s recent show is called Green Influx, exhibited at A-M Gallery in Newtown, Sydney (15 July – 1 August 2015). As part of this set of works Charlotte investigated sign languages from Central Australia, accessing the Iltyemiltyem Central Australian Sign Language Dictionary. She worked from the video in Iltyem-iltyem to create 7 woven […]

Murumpu Wangka! Kukatja Hand Talk

Murumpu Wangka! Kukatja Hand Talk

Here is a great film made by women at Balgo, showing approximately 40 signs that they use alongside their spoken language Kukatja. Some of the signs are similar to iltyem-iltyem, many are different. Read about how this film came about – from Willie Lempert and the ABC Mother Tongue project. And read the blog post […]

Angkety, tyepety, iltyem-iltyem

Angkety, tyepety, iltyem-iltyem

  Eileen Pwerrerl Campbell is one of the leaders of the Iltyem-iltyem project. She lives at Ti Tree, and is one of a group of senior Anmatyerr and Warlpiri women in the community. Eileen has worked steadily over many years supporting Anmatyerr language and culture in the school at Ti Tree. She also has worked on […]

Mwekel mern cake arlkwem | Mum eats cake

Mwekel mern cake arlkwem | Mum eats cake

  The Ti Tree Iltyem-iltyem team have been working together this week (4-7 May 2015). Clarrie Kemarr Long, Eileen Pwerrerl Campbell, Sonya Drover, Jenny Green and Margaret Carew held recording sessions based at the Ti Tree School, working mostly on birds and mammals. Eileen and Clarrie checked their signs against Adam Kendon’s lists and also […]

Welcome to Karen Mezentsef – Sign language researcher

Welcome to Karen Mezentsef – Sign language researcher

We are pleased to welcome Karen Mezentsef as an Associate of Batchelor Institute. Karen is a student at the University of Melbourne, studying in the Department of Linguistics. She is doing an honours project on Central Australian Sign Language, working with material recorded at Ti Tree with the language team there. This team is led […]

Iltyemiltyem – Bridging the digital gap!

Iltyemiltyem – Bridging the digital gap!

Lauren Gawne, a linguist based at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore has written an article called: Language Documentation and division: Bridging the digital divide, published by Digital Studies / Le champ numérique The article discusses the Iltyemiltyem sign language website as an example of a digital project which attempts to bridge the ‘digital gap’: Here is the […]

Auslan interpreter Mark Cave

Auslan interpreter Mark Cave

Auslan interpreter Mark Cave became an internet sensation recently. Footage of him interpreting during the Cyclone Marcia warnings were viewed widely through social media. The video below is also doing the rounds, where Mark shares some of his knowledge of Auslan. He says: A lot of people don’t know that Auslan is a real language, like French […]