• Patrick Muchana demonstrates the sign for wurrparn 'emu'.

This website is for people who are interested in Australian Indigenous sign languages – in particular the sign languages used in Central Australia. 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’.

In August 2017 our project started working with a team in Maningrida, recording sign languages used in the north-central Arnhem Land region. In Maningrida people often refer to their sign system as ‘actions’.

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Maningrida Action project

Maningrida Action project

A multilingual team at Maningrida participated in a two week sign language workshop at Maningrida in August, 2017. Linguists Margaret Carew (CALL), Jenny Green …

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 …

Cindy Jinmarabynana demonstrates Maningrida Sign Language

Cindy Jinmarabynana demonstrates Maningrida Sign Language

Cindy Jinmarabynana demonstrates Maningrida Sign Language in this film. This was made …

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 …

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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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