This week we are preparing some Ngaanyatjarra material to put onto the iltyem-iltyem website – from Lizzie Ellis’s recordings. Lizzie is very skilled at explaining some of the subtle differences between signs which may share a similar handshape. One example are the signs for two lizards tinka ‘sand goanna’ and ngintaka ‘perentie’. Ngintaka are enormous lizards, highly prized in hunting and fairly rare, goannas are smaller, and more commonly found. Both lizards are signed with the same handshape, but are distinguished by the range of movement made by the hand. Lizzie demonstrates this in this video, also showing how voice quality can express the size (and value) of an animal.