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

This website is for people who are interested in Australian Indigenous sign languages – in particular sign languages used in Central and Northern Australia. The word iltyem-iltyem is used in Anmatyerr to mean ‘signalling with hands, using handsigns’. It comes from the word iltya, ‘hand, finger’. This website is named iltyem-iltyem because this sign language project began with Anmatyerr people from the community of Ti Tree. This word is equivalent to iltyeme-iltyeme  in Eastern/Central Arrernte, rdaka-rdaka in Warlpiri and takataka in Gurindji. 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’. We then worked with signers from Kalkaringi and Elliott.

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Searching for signs in the Warlpiri Sign Language Dictionary

Searching for signs in the Warlpiri Sign Language Dictionary

Between 1978-1985 Adam Kendon worked with Warlpiri signers at Yuendumu to make a record of the …

Gurindji sign language films win ICTV film award

Gurindji sign language films win ICTV film award

The winner of the 2019 ICTV (Indigenous Community Television) award for best language film was announced on …

Takataka: Gurindji sign language posters

Takataka: Gurindji sign language posters

Gurindji sign language is used alongside a number of spoken languages in the main Gurindji communities of …

The Mudburra dictionary – first to include handsigns

The Mudburra dictionary – first to include handsigns

On the 20th November 2019 the Mudburra to English Dictionary was launched in Elliott by Warren …

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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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