Acknowledgements

I am greatly indebted to Lajamanu Community members (including the former Lajamanu Community Government Council) for welcoming me into their community, teaching me Warlpiri and trusting me to work with their children.

In particular, my thanks to the families of the focus children, who remain anonymous, and my main Warlpiri teachers.

I am especially grateful to: L. Hargraves Nungarrayi, L. Nakamarra, Margaret Martin Nungarrayi, Tiny Long Nungarrayi, Gracie White Napaljarri, Marlkirdi Rose Napaljarri, Jerry Patrick Jangala, Henry Anderson Cook Jakamarra, Steven Patrick Jampijinpa, Neil Cook Jupurrurla, E. Ross Nungarrayi, Leah Johnson Napaljarri, Tanya Hargraves Napanangka, Roseanne Dixon Napangardi, Noressa White Napurrurla, Matrina Robertson Nangala, Geraldine Gallagher Nangala, Audrey Baker Nakamarra, Belinda Baker Nakamarra, Sabrina Nelson Nakamarra, Agnes Donnelly Napanangka, Elaine Johnson Nangala, Valerie Patterson Napanangka, MR Napaljarri, T. Morrison Jupurrurla, Eva Ross Nangala, Zena Kelly Nangala, Denicia Luther Nakamarra, Shane White Jupurrurla, Maxwell Walma Tasman Japanangka, Keisha White Nakamarra, Marlia Walker Napurrurla, Leilani Walker Napurrurla, Lyndal Dixon Napangardi, Claris McDonald Napaljarri, Sharon Ross Nangala, Cornelia Ronson Napaljarri, Teresita Morrison, JoyJoy Hargraves Nakamarra, Janice Burns Napurrurla, D. Burns Napanangka, Tara Barnes Napanangka, E. Jigili Nungarrayi, P. Jigili Jangala, Board of Warnayaka Art Centre, and many more.

Thank you also to NTDE school principals, especially Frank and Gina Atkinson, Nicky Fammartino and staff at Lajamanu Community Education Centre and Paul Bubb (formerly Manager, Bilingual Education Program, Northern Territory Department of Education). And to Louisa Ergliss of Warnayaka Art Centre, Batchelor Institute for Indigenous tertiary Education, Warlpiri Education Training Trust and PAW Media.