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Iltyem-iltyem Indigenous sign languages of central Australia



This is a project of the Batchelor Institute of Tertiary Indigenous Education which aims to collate information on the Indigenous sign languages of central Australia, and make it available in an online web resource.

This Iltyem-iltyem (signalling with hands) project collates information on sign languages of the Ti Tree, Utopia, Tjukurla and Wilora communities of central Australia.

The online resource is for people who want to teach and learn central Australian sign languages, and contains several hundred clips of sign for public view. The video clips are organised by language, and community and are sorted into different categories such as actions, animals, family, feelings and objects.

Iltyem-iltyem is funded by the Australian Government Indigenous languages support program, the Hans Rausing endangered languages program, and the Australian Research Council endangered languages program.

Abstract adapted from the Batchelor Institute of Tertiary Indigenous Education


Margaret Carew
Project Manager
Division of Research, Teaching and Learning
Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education
c/o Batchelor Post Office
Batchelor NT 0845
Ph: (08) 8951 8300
Ph: (08) 8939 7111
Fax: (08) 8939 7100


Last updated: 12 September 2013
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