Upper Arrernte language
|Region||Northern Territory, Australia|
|2,800 (2006 census)|
|Arrernte Sign Language|
amx – Anmatjirra
aly – Alyawarr
adg – Antekerrepenhe
aer – Eastern Aranda
are – Western Aranda
axe – Ayerrerenge
Aranda // or Arrernte, or more specifically Upper Aranda (Upper Arrernte), is a dialect cluster spoken in and around Alice Springs (Mparntwe in Aranda) in the Northern Territory, Australia. The name is sometimes spelled Arunta or Arrarnta.
- Alyawarr (Alyawarra), spoken by the Alyawarre
- Anmatjirra (Anmatyerre)
- Antekerrepenhe (Andegerebinha)
- Ayerrerenge (Ayerreyenge)
- Eastern Aranda (Ikngerripenhe) and Central Aranda (Mparntwe Arrernte; east of Alice Springs)
- Western Aranda (Akarre, Tyuretye Arrernte, Arrernte Alturlerenj; west of Alice Springs)
A Southern Aranda (Pertame) is listed by Dixon, but not by Bowern, who also lumps together Central and Eastern.
There is much debate on whether these are dialects of an Aranda language, or separate languages, both among linguists and among the Arrernte people themselves. Lower Aranda, however, is clearly distinct.
|Stop||p pʷ||k kʷ||c cʷ||t̪ t̪ʷ||t tʷ||ʈ ʈʷ|
|Nasal||m mʷ||ŋ ŋʷ||ɲ ɲʷ||n̪ n̪ʷ||n nʷ||ɳ ɳʷ|
|Prestopped nasal||ᵖm ᵖmʷ||ᵏŋ ᵏŋʷ||ᶜɲ ᶜɲʷ||ᵗn̪ ᵗn̪ʷ||ᵗn ᵗnʷ||ᵗɳ ᵗɳʷ|
|Prenasalized stop||ᵐb ᵐbʷ||ᵑɡ ᵑɡʷ||ᶮɟ ᶮɟʷ||ⁿd̪ ⁿd̪ʷ||ⁿd ⁿdʷ||ⁿɖ ⁿɖʷ|
|Lateral Approximant||ʎ ʎʷ||l̪ l̪ʷ||l lʷ||ɭ ɭʷ|
|Approximant||ɰ~ʁ w||j jʷ||ɻ ɻʷ|
Stops are unaspirated. Prenasalized stops are voiced throughout; prestopped nasals are voiceless during the stop. These sounds arose as normal consonant clusters; Ladefoged states that they now occur initially, where consonant clusters are otherwise forbidden, due to historical loss of initial vowels; however, it has also been argued that such words start with a phonemic schwa, which may not be pronounced (see below).
All dialects have at least /ə a/.
The vowel system of Aranda is unusual in that there are only two contrastive vowel phonemes, /a/ and /ə/. Two-vowel systems are very rare worldwide, but are also found in some Northwest Caucasian languages. It seems that the vowel system derives from an earlier one with more phonemes, but after the development of labialized consonants in the vicinity of round vowels, the vowels lost their roundedness/backness distinction, merging into just two phonemes. There is no allophonic variation in different consonantal contexts for the vowels. Instead, the phonemes can be realized by various different articulations in free variation. For example, the phoneme /ə/ can be pronounced [ɪ ~ e ~ ə ~ ʊ] in any context.
The underlying syllable structure of Aranda is argued to be VC(C), with obligatory codas and no onsets. Underlying phrase-initial /ə/ is realised as zero, except before a rounded consonant where, by a rounding process of general applicability, it is realised as [ʊ]. It is also common for phrases to carry a final [ə] corresponding to no underlying segment.
Among the evidence for this analysis is that some suffixes have suppletive variants for monosyllabic and bisyllabic bases. Stems that appear monosyllabic and begin with a consonant in fact select the bisyllabic variant. Stress falls on the first nucleus preceded by a consonant, which by this analysis can be stated more uniformly as the second underlying syllable. And the frequentative is formed by reduplicating the final VC syllable of the verb stem; it does not include the final [ə].
Aranda orthography does not write word-initial /ə/, and adds an e to the end of every word.
|+eyewe||really strong emphasis|
|+le||actor in a sentence|
|-arenye||from (origin), association|
|-iperre, -ipenhe||after, from|
|-ketye||because (bad consequence)|
|-kwenye||not having, without|
|-mpele||by way of, via|
|+tyeke||purpose or intent|
Pronouns decline with a nominative rather than ergative alignment:
The Aranda had a highly developed sign language.
Aranda in school
In most primary schools in Alice Springs, students (of all races and nationalities) are taught Aranda (or in some cases Western Aranda) as a compulsory language, often alongside the French or Indonesian languages. Additionally, most Alice Springs high schools give the option to study Aranda language throughout high school as a separate subject, and it can also be learned at Centralian College as part of a TAFE course. Future plans are that it will be included as a university subject.
Aranda in the workplace
Many Alice Springs workplaces require that employees learn at least basic Aranda in order to communicate effectively with the large numbers of Aranda people. Many workplaces offer learning of Aranda as an option and will fund the course.
||G'day, what's up?
||Are you alright?
||See you later
Peter Sculthorpe's music theatre work Rites of Passage (1972–73) is written partly in Aranda and partly in Latin. Western and Southern Aranda were also used in parts of the libretto for Andrew Schultz' and Gordon Williams' Journey to Horseshoe Bend, based on the novel by T.G.H. Strehlow.
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