ARRERNTE, AUSTRALIA

The Arandic language group belongs to the Pama-Nyungan family of Australian languages. Hale (1983) was the first to use the term ‘Arandic’ and he later referred to the group as a ‘language dialect complex’. Arandic languages are spoken by approximately 5,500 people in the area of Central Australia roughly centring on Alice Springs. In Central Australia the expressive potentials of verbal and visual art forms are combined in multimodal narratives that incorporate speech, song, sign language, gesture and drawing. These stories are a highly valued yet endangered part of the traditions of Central Australian peoples. This project will take a multimodal and multidisciplinary approach to the documentation of stories from the Arandic language group – a group of closely related languages spoken by about 5,500 people.