Lizzie Ellis provided a number of signs used by her Ngaanyatjarra family in Tjukurla during her recording session with the iltyem-iltyem project on 16 November 2012. These included a number of family signs, some birds and animals and everyday objects.
One really interesting feature of Lizzie’s session was the importance she placed on certain facial expressions to express aspects of interactions between people. For example, there are highly conventional ways of showing empathy, happiness and anger, and these have speech styles associated with them also. In this video clip, Lizzie demonstrates the kind of face and speech style that she uses to express empathy. This facial expression expresses the empathy associated with the word ngaltutjarra ‘poor thing’.