Pitjantjatjara/Yankunytjatjara Language and Culture Program

Presented by the School of Education, University of South Australia

The Pitjantjatjara/Yankunytjatjara Language and Culture Program will benefit those who work or live with Anangu (Pitjantjatjara/Yankunytjatjara people) or are interested in learning more about Aboriginal languages and cultures. The program will familiarise participants with some context-specific vocabulary and a basic overview of grammatical structures. There will also be historical and cross-cultural learning within the program. It will provide structures with which students can progress in the language through an orientation to building relationships and language learning with Anangu.

The teaching approach includes Anangu tutors working intensively with small groups throughout the course, providing first-hand knowledge of the Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara language and culture from Anangu perspectives.

Course materials1

  • Pitjantjatjara/Yankunytjatjara to English Dictionary (Goddard)
  • Wangka Wiru (Eckert & Joyce)
  • Pitjantjatjara/Yankunytjatjara Verb Wheel (Mirabooka Press)
  • Wangka Kulintjaku (UniSA - book and digital audio files included)

Please Note: Participants are responsible for accommodation and transport to and from events.

1 The purchase of materials is not required for participants who already own these.

Upcoming Events 

Summer School

This two week program will be delivered in collaboration with Anangu tutors from the APY Lands in South Australia. The tutors will work with small groups throughout the course and will provide first-hand knowledge of the Pitjantjatjara language and culture from an Anangu perspective.

By the end of the course the students will be:

  • familiar with a basic vocabulary
  • familiar with the sounds of the language and be able to reproduce them
  • have a basic grammatical knowledge with an understanding of the four noun and four verb classes, and four or five tenses of the verbs in each class
  • be able to converse in simple sentences.
  • familiar with basic cultural and community protocols for good communication and relationships in Anangu communities.

Course information

  • Dates: 6 - 17 January 2020
  • Time: 9am-4pm, Monday - Friday
  • Location: UniSA Magill Campus - deLissa Building, room G1-72/73
  • Catering: Tea and coffee daily, lunch on the final day


Early Bird Registration

  • Registration Fee: $1700
  • Course materials: $250 (GST inclusive)
  • Please note the early bird deadline is 31 October 2019


  • Fee: $1900
  • Course materials: $250 (GST inclusive)
  • Please note registrations close 15 December 2019.

Note to University students (students from both UniSA and other universities)

A limited number of places are held for UniSA students to study this course as part of their undergraduate or postgraduate degree. Applicants should enrol in October through the usual enrolment processes. Cross institutional study from other universities should apply via this form.

Register Here


Further Enquiries:

UniSA Anangu Education
School of Education
University of South Australia
Ph (08) 8302 6200
Email AnanguEducation@unisa.edu.au

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