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Centre for Australian Languages and Linguistics

Pertame Master-Apprentice Program

The Pertame language revival program seeks to rapidly grow new fluent speakers of the endangered Central Australian language using the Master-Apprentice immersion method developed by Native American Communities in the US.

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Pertame Project Team Present at the AIATSIS Summit in Adelaide

The Pertame Master-Apprentice team travelled to Adelaide last week to present at the National Indigenous Research Conference as a part of the 2021 AIATSIS Summit. Shania Armstrong, Auriel Swan, Vanessa Farrelly & Samantha Armstrong gave a presentation about the program, while making new connections with First Nations leaders from across Australia.

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Pertame (Southern Arrernte)

Access and download language learning resources for the Pertame language here, including resources on Pertame kinship, songs, games, bush foods, medicine, animals, plants, history, and more. Use these resources to share and teach Pertame in your own homes.

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Pertame Apprentice, Shania Armstrong Awarded Alice Springs NAIDOC Youth of the Year

Pertame apprentice, Shania Armstrong, was awarded Alice Springs NAIDOC Female Youth of the year for her efforts to teach and learn Pertame as a part of our the Pertame Master-Apprentice Program running through the Batchelor Institute

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Pertame School



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Pertame Ngetya Untya Kweka Mapa Kerta

The Pertame Ngetya Untya (Language Nest) is a language immersion playgroup for 0–5-year-olds and their carers to develop Pertame as a first language alongside English. This program works to create bilingual, culturally resilient, and community-connected children, ready to transition into further schooling.

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Pertame Kid's Superhero Stories

Our Pertame primary school students have written and illustrated their own superhero stories in Pertame and English as a part of their Pertame in-school classes. We are so proud of their beautiful drawings and creative storylines.

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