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 


Winter School 

UPDATE - due to current Covid-19 travel resitrictions the 2020 Winter School offering will be online, via Zoom. 

The Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Language Winter School will benefit those who have contact with Pitjantjatjara people in the course of their work. People completing the Winter School should be able to enter into elementary conversations with Pitjantjatjara people. There will also be historical and cross-cultural information within the curriculum.

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. It will provide structures on which students can build to enable further progress in the language.

This intensive program will be delivered with the assistance of traditional tutors from the APY Lands and northern parts of South Australia. The tutors, who come from communities such as Umuwa, Ernabella and Amata will work with small groups of participants throughout the course and will provide first-hand knowledge of the Pitjantjatjara language and culture from a traditional Aboriginal perspective.

By the end of the School students will be:

  • familiar with a basic vocabulary of approximately 300 words
  • 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.

Course information

  • Dates: 16 - 18 July 2020
  • Time: 9am-4pm
  • Location: Online, via Zoom


  • Registration Fee: $550
  • Course materials: $250 (GST inclusive)2
  • Registrations Close: 6 July 2020


2 Students will have all materials if previously attended Summer School.  Contact AnanguEducation@unisa.edu.au if partial purchase of materials is required.

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Further Enquiries:

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