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Eastern and Central Arrernte to English Dictionary - Revised Edition


This detailed record of the words, grammar, pronunciation and example sentences, produced by the people of Mparntwe (Alice Springs) will give you an insight into Arrernte culture and lifeways and open doors to communication.

Entries 6000 entries and subentries
Guides Guide to pronunciation, grammar, writing system and kinship.
Illustrations An extensive range of illustrations, emphasising plants and animals
Pages 782 pages
Online Pronunciation

Eastern and Central Arrernte are spoken by about 2000 people in Mpartntwe (Alice Springs), Ltyentye Apurte (Santa Teresa) and other communities in central Australia.  For Arrernte people, their language links them with their family, their country and their dreamings.

 The Eastern and Central Arrernte to English Dictionary was a major community effort that involved almost one hundred people and a dozen organisations. It was created by asking people about Arrernte words, who used them, what they meant, and getting short examples.  We also used examples of written Arrernte, and we recorded stories and discussions about words.

All this information was brought together, the detailed meanings were worked out, the entries were prepared, and all words were checked to make sure they were suitable for this dictionary.  We are truly fortunate that the two compilers of the first edition, Veronica Dobson and John Henderson, were able to refine the entries and add some new ones to create this Revised Edition.

This edition includes:

  • Over 6000 entries and subentries with definitions and extensive example sentences
  • An English to Arrernte word finder list
  • A guide to pronunciation, grammar and the writing system
  • An introduction to Arrernte family and society
  • A wide range of illustrations

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