Tinka ‘sand goanna’, ngintaka ‘perentie’

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 […]

The iltyem-iltyem team are currently grappling with some interesting issues related to the meaning of signs and the ways that sign and speech interact within a ‘sign utterance’ to express a composite meaning. One big question is about how to represent sign polysemy – the multiple meanings that can be expressed by an individual sign. […]

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 […]

The Ti Tree Baby Board Books were published in 2010 by the NT Territory Library. They were produced in Anmatyerr and Warlpiri versions, to reflect the multilingual nature of the Ti Tree community. The books represent a collaboration between the community language team, Batchelor Institute, NT Library and the Central Desert Shire. The filmed versions […]

The Ti Tree Baby Board Books were published in 2010 by the NT Territory Library. They were produced in Anmatyerr and Warlpiri versions, to reflect the multilingual nature of the Ti Tree community. The books represent a collaboration between the community language team, Batchelor Institute NT Library and the Central Desert Shire. The filmed versions […]

Our latest iltyem-iltyem recording workshop was in Yuelamu (May 28 – 1 June 2012). Yuelamu is a community located north east of Alice Springs and is one of the most westwards places where Anmatyerr is spoken (just up the road is the larger settlement of Yuendemu, a predominantly Warlpiri-speaking community). Yuelamu is small and quiet, […]

Here is a short video of Janie Mpetyane, a Kaytetye signer and speaker from Wilora community (250 km north of Alice Springs). The video compiles clips exported from Elan software, which we are using to annotate hand sign recordings. It has been put together in Final Cut Pro, including the titles. This video is an experiment […]

Janie Mpetyane signing and speaking in Kaytetye, at Wilora. She says: Methethe akngwetherre tentele anteyane, meaning ‘Two mad white women are in a tent.’

This little clip shows Molly Napurrurla Presley, signing in front of the blue backdrop (the signadome curtain over the plywood panel). Here we are just starting a session, using video prompts to elicit reciprocal constructions (meaning: ways of saying that people are doing things to each other). In this little clip, Molly confirms her understanding […]

Here’s a short video from Janie Long at Ti Tree, talking about the iltyem-iltyem project.