Antikirinya is a part of the Western Desert language group. The Western Desert encompasses a large expanse of land in the centre of the country, and traverses the state borders of Western Australia, South Australia, and the Northern Territory. Antikirinya has traditionally been associated with the north of South Australia. Today, Antikirinya people live in many places across South Australia, including Coober Pedy and Oodnadatta. Many people who formerly identified as Antikirinya now identify as Yankunytjatjara.

Antikirinya man Ingkama Bobby Brown has worked closely with linguist Petter Naessan on a book called 'Irritja – The Past: Antikirinya History from Ingomar Station and Beyond' (2012). In this book, Ingkama Bobby Brown talks about growing up at Ingomar Station, the foods and animals you can find on the land there, and about the language.

AIATSIS id : C.05


Aldolinga (i.e., Westerners), Alinjerra, Aluna (language name of the southern groups who speak like the Kokatha), Andagarindja, Andagarinja, Andagarinya, Andagerinja, Andagirinja, Andakirinja, Andayarinja, Andegilliga, Andekarinja, Andekerinja (Aranda pronunciation), Andergerebenha, Andgari, Andigari, Andigarina, Andigarinya, Andigerinya, Andigerri, Andigidini, Andigiri, Andigirinji, Andigiriny, Andigirinya, Andingari, Andingiri, Andjirigna, Andjirlingna, Andongerry, Andrgrinji, Anjirigna, Ankuntjatjara, Antakarinja, Antakarinya (used by SIL), Antakerinya, Antakerrinya, Antakirinja, Antegarina, Antegarinya, Antekarinja, Antekarinya, Antekerrepinhe, Anterrikanya, Antigari, Antigerinya, Antikiri, Antikirinya (used by AIATSIS), Antikirrinya, Antin-gari, Antingerrie, Kadjilaranda (group name north of eastern Everard Ranges), Maduntara, Madutara, Mbenderinga, Ngonde, Njuntundjara (name applied by Yankunytjatjara/Jangkundjara), Tangara, Untergerrie, Unterrgerrie, Walarangunja (group name in eastern part of Everard Ranges), Walarenunga, Yandairunga, Yendakarangu.

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Kupapirti irrititja - Coober Pedy in the old days 2010-2011

To produce a book in the highly endangered Antikirinya variety of the Yankunytjatjara language. To record Elder Bobby Brown talking in Antikirinya about early contact, history, significant…

Oodnadata Aboriginal School

Oodnadata Aboriginal School has an Antikirinya language program for its students.

Antikirinya cyclical time: seasons and their significance in Anangu Antikirinya culture.

Antikirinya cyclical time: seasons and their significance in Anangu Antikirinya culture. This project is funded by DEWHA’s Maintenance of Indigenous Languages and Records (MILR) program…

approximate location of Antikirinya

Anangu family language maintenance project 2010-2011

This project is based at the Ngura Wira Winkiku Indigenous Corporation in Adelaide. It aims to support the transmission of the Western Desert Pitjantytjatjara and Yankuytjatjara languages…

Language Contact

Antakirinja Matu - Yankunytjatjara Aboriginal Corporation
21 Frome st. Coober Pedy SA
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The above map is based upon the Horton Indigenous Map of Australia © Aboriginal Studies Press, AIATSIS, and Auslig/Sinclair, Knight, Merz, 1996. The full map is available on the AIATSIS website. The locations of the languages of SA, as stated on the this website are not intended for Land Claim use, and are an approximate guide only. Individual language project locations are based on information from publicly available MILR (ILS) documents.