intu wrote:I lived in a small Aboriginal Community in the Great Victorian Desert where Pitjantjatjara/Ngaanyatjarra/Wangatha were spoken by the population, with other dialects being present constantly due to the transient nature of the demographics.
I'm not great at it, and my use was mainly for instruction in the school and with older people at the store so my knowledge of the grammatical functions isn't that great.
Someone who knows some Pitjantjatjara! Don't worry. Share what you know.
Księżycowy and I have books and can fill in some of the grammar points.
How long did you live out in the desert? What brought you out there?
Palya! A few years late in my reply. I lived in a small community called Tjuntjuntjara for 10 months when I was 20 years old. I'm now 27 years old and back out in the desert again the last few months, was recently living and working in a roadhouse just south of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara lands, no living in Yulara close by to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
Surprisingly I haven't lost too much of what I picked up years back but I would love to improve on it. Yulara being a resort town, language is not spoken too much here as it is more of an international environment, there is a lot of Pitjantjatjara around though in writing, tours, art etc.
I've picked up some resources and made a pdf of an older learners guide that I believe is now out of print. Sadly a fair bit of my old resources are somewhere in storage either in Perth or Darwin.
I'd love to get my digital hands on some anki sets on Western Desert language words, phrases etc. I'm limited to a basic tablet and mobile phone combo out here!