Pertame is an Arandic C48 language variety. Christobel Swan calls her language Pertame and describes it as the southern dialect of Arrernte C8 (1991:8). Wilkins (in Henderson 2013:12) describes Pertame as a dialect of Western Arrernte C47. In his description of Arandic phonology Breen writes that Pertame generally resembles Western Arrernte (2001:66). Roennfeldt writes that quite a large number of Southern Arrarnta or Partaama (C46) came to settle at Ntaria (Hermannsberg), because their country is adjacent to the south of Western Arrarnta C47 country (p.c. 19th November 2015).
Wilkins (in Henderson 2013:12) provides an overview of the Arandic languages with two major sub-groups: Artwe (~Urtwe) composed of Upper Arrernte (Eastern Arrernte, Western Arrernte C47, Alyawarr C14, Anmatyerr C8.1) and Lower Arrernte C29 (Lower South Arandic). The other major subgroup is called Artweye, with one member Kaytetye C13. See also Arrernte C8, Lower Arrernte C29; Ayerrerenge G12; Antekerrepenhe C12 and Akarre C28.
Previously, both AustLang and the Thesaurus did not distinguish all Arandic varieties. Consequently there may be items in the AIATSIS collection indexed with the 'Arrernte language (C8) (NT SG53-02)' heading which may relate more specifically to Pertame (C46).
... belongs to the country around the Finke and Hugh Rivers, reaching from Running Waters and the Waterhouse Ranges to the community of Finke (Swan & Cousens 1993)
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Christobel Swan is a Pertame Elder runs a Pertame language school at Boomerang Bore.
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Speaker numbers were measured differently across the censuses and various other sources listed in AUSTLANG. You are encouraged to refer to the sources.
Speaker numbers for ‘NILS 2004’ and ‘2005 estimate’ come from 'Table F.3: Numbers of speakers of Australian Indigenous languages (various surveys)' in 'Appendix F NILS endangerment and absolute number results' in McConvell, Marmion and McNicol 2005, pages 198-230 (PDF, 2.5MB).