Arrernte or Aranda (/ˈʌrəndə/;[3] Eastern Arrernte pronunciation: [aɾəⁿɖə]) or sometimes referred to as Upper Arrernte (Upper Aranda), is a dialect cluster in the Arandic language group spoken in parts of the Northern Territory, Australia, by the Arrernte people. Other spelling variations are Arunta or Arrarnta, and all of the dialects have multiple other names.

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RegionNorthern Territory, Australia
EthnicityArrernte people, Alyawarre, Anmatyerre, Ayerrereng, Yuruwinga
Native speakers
4,100 (2021 census)[1]
Arrernte Sign Language
Language codes
ISO 639-3Variously:
amx  Anmatjirra
aly  Alyawarr
adg  Antekerrepenhe
aer  Eastern Arrernte
are  Western Arrernte
axe  Ayerrerenge
AIATSIS[2]C8 Arrernte, C14 Alyawarr, C8.1 Anmatyerre, C12 Antekerrepenh, G12 Ayerrerenge, C28 Akarre
Where Arandic is spoken
Arrernte is classified as Vulnerable by the UNESCO Atlas of the World's Languages in Danger
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There are about 1,800 speakers of Eastern/Central Arrernte, making this dialect one of the widest spoken of any Indigenous language in Australia, the one usually referred to as Arrernte and the one described in detail below. It is spoken in the Alice Springs area and taught in schools and universities, heard in media and used in local government.

The second biggest dialect in the group is Alyawarre. Some of the other dialects are spoken by very few people, leading to efforts to revive their usage; others are now completely extinct.

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