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 (pĭch′än′chə-chär′ə) also Pi·tjan·tjar·a (pĭch′än′chə-rə)
1. An Australian aboriginal people inhabiting the desert regions of southern and western Australia.
2. The Pama-Nyungan language of this people, used as a lingua franca in western Australia.

[Pitjantjatjara, those who use the speech, from pitna-ntja, to go, come.]


(ˌpɪtʃəntʃəˈtʃærə) or


npl -ra or -ras
1. (Peoples) an Aboriginal people of the desert area of South Australia
2. (Languages) the language of this people
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The choir comprises an exceptional group of women from various remote communities in the desert region around Ntaria (Hermannsburg)--situated in the hills of the MacDonnell Ranges, 125 kilometres west of Alice Springs--who sing centuries-old Lutheran hymns in their own languages, namely Arrernte and Pitjantjatjara.
Yami also played a major role in the return of both the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) lands straddling northern South Australia and the return of Uluru.
Layton, R 1983 'Ambilineal descent and traditional Pitjantjatjara rights to land' in N Peterson and M Langton (eds), Aborigines, land and land rights, Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies, Canberra, pp.
The languages which have both FM = MFZ and MF = FMB are Kariyarra, Pitjantjatjara, Ngan'Gikurunggurr, Ritharrngu, Ngalakgan, Yir Yiront, Umpila, Ayabadhu, Kok Koper, Oykangand, Ogh Undjan, Yuwalayaay, Wangaaypuwan, Parnkalla, Kokatha, and Antakiriya.
In (12), the verbalizers -pu- and -ol- are added in Pitjantjatjara (Australian, Pama-Nyungan) and Hungarian, respectively:
The slice starts (perhaps ironically) in Paradise, a suburb of metropolitan Adelaide and heads north-west on a line as the crow flies to the far north of the state in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands, about 1000km from Paradise (see Figure 3).
A modest increase in population was projected for Anangu Pitjantjatjara but subsequently published ERPs reveal that the population actually increased substantially between 2006 and 2011.
Some are still spoken today, such as the Pitjantjatjara language spoken by people from the central Australian desert.
Most of the community members speak the Pitjantjatjara language, with English frequently the third or fourth language spoken.
The second language pathway, on the other hand, will typically be learned 'off country' as is the case for Pitjantjatjara in places like Adelaide and other centres in South Australia quite distant from the Pitjantjatjara homelands.
English song lyrics are complemented by the Pitjantjatjara version and there is a CD at the back which presents powerful versions of the song in English and Pitjantjatjara.