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August 2016 update

Another 75 items have been added to the Virtual Library, bringing the total number of items to over 500, representing over 150 languages ... read more

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Update 2024

This site is no longer current and is not being updated. Since 2016, happily, the number of online sources of knowledge about Australian Indigenous languages exploded in number and diversity of sources, especially from Indigenous organisations and individuals. As a result, it became impossible to keep ALoA up to date. It is no longer a key resource.

As the main web portal for Australian Aboriginal languages on the web (part of Tim Berners-Lee’s official W3C Virtual Library (now defunct at https://www.vlib.org/ - see its history) this site provided summaries, guidance and links to quality resources on Aboriginal languages, especially those produced from communities and by community members. It was listed in most of the major international libraries and other institutions as a key site for Australian languages, and attracted over 500,000 hits a year.

Approximately half of the linked sites still exist and the site’s back-end database remains valuable because it contains data which tracks 20 years of the emergence, expansion and changes in the online presence of Australian First Nations languages from the birth of the web.


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Pitjantjatjara [pjt]
Source: SA Government
A listing of South Australian schools teaching Aboriginal languages, including Adnyamathanha, Antikirinya, Barngala, Dieri, Kaurna, Narungga, Nauo, Ngarrindjeri, Pitjantjatjara, Wirangu.
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Source: Ngapartji Ngapartji
A result of the Pitjantjatjara art-language project Ngapartji Ngapartji that was run on Arrernte country in Mparntwe (Alice Springs).

See also site at http://ninti.ngapartji.org/, where you can register for free and take 20 simple language lessons.

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Source: Ngapartji Ngapartji project
Ngapartji Ngapartji was an arts based community development project. Its website has a useful section on language including a link to this background and policy paper on support of languages [PDF, 5 pages]
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Source: Wilfried Baumgarten
Two short articles on Pitjantjatjara demonstratives and transitivity
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Source: University of South Australia
Aims to develop basic understanding of Pitjantjatjara language and culture through various topics including the concept of Ngapartji and reciprocal exchange; Pitjantjatjara vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation and translation; and interaction with fluent speakers.
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Source: University of South Australia
Consisting of oral practice, elementary vocabulary, basic grammar and written exercises the School will be conducted with sessions of role play with an emphasis on oral fluency, small group sessions for revision and practice or oral language and grammar sessions
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Source: South Australian Curriculum Standards and Accountability
Curriculum for Reception to Year 10 students, focusing on language learning and language custodianship, history, and revival, with specific materials for Kaurna, Narungga, Ngarrindjeri, Pitjantjatjara, Wirangu and Yankunytjatjara.
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Source: Robin Kankapakantja/Alexander Dunton/Fregon Anangu School/others
Tjina Ankula Kulini Ara Irititja -- Walking along thinking about the past. In September 2011 a group of 12 young men and 13 elders from Fregon travelled for 3 days. this is a musical, film, photographic and poetic record of their journey.
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Source: NPY Women
This page hosts a downlodable PDF document called Uti Kulintjaku: A compendium of words for talking about mental health. It includes terms in Pitjantjatjara, Yankunytjatjara and Ngaanyatjarra, as well as translations from English into these languages.
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Source: Ara Irititja Project
Ara Irititja brings back home materials of cultural and historical significance to Anangu (Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara people of Central Australia). These include photographs, films, sound recordings and documents. Ara Irititja has designed a digital archive to store repatriated materials and other contemporary items.
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