Arrernte is part of the Arandic group of the Pama-Nyungan languages,
and is spoken by about 3,000 people in central Australia, particularly
in Alice Springs (Mparntwe). It is one of the strongest Australian Aboriginal
languages as a result of the isolation of the Arrernte-speaking areas.
There are five dialects of Arrernte, Central Arrernte (spoken in
Alice Springs), Eastern Arrernte (spoken to the east of Alice Springs),
Western Arrernte (spoken to the west of Alice Springs), Pertame/Southern
Arrernte and Lower Arrernte.
Arrernte is taught to all students in the primary schools of Alice Springs.
It is also available as an optionally subject in high school and in the
Centralian College. Many employers in Alice Springs encourage their employees
to learn some Arrernte and provide funding for them to do so. There are also
some radio and television programmes in Arrernte.