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Welcome to the Internet home of Kaurna Warra,
the language of the people of the Adelaide Plains.
After about 150 years since it was last spoken in a day-to-day context in early colonial South Australia, in the mid-1800s, the Kaurna language has come alive again and is used and taught at many places in Kaurna Country.
This website, and its sister website "Kaurna Place Names", offer background and context information about the Kaurna Language Reclamation project, teaching aids, and dates for events and courses. This work is coordinated by "Kaurna Warra Pintyanthi" (KWP), literally 'creating Kaurna language'.
Established in 2002 by Kaurna Elders, Dr Lewis Kauwanu Yorloburka O'Brien and Dr Alitya Wallara Rigney together with Linguist, Dr Rob Amery, it is a body of Kaurna people, teachers, linguists and language enthusiasts who are passionate about the reclamation and revival of the Kaurna language. The KWP committee grew out of a series of Kaurna language development workshops funded by a University of Adelaide small grant in 2000. KWP is hosted by Linguistics, School of Humanities, at the University of Adelaide.
On 2 September 2013, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Adelaide, Professor Warren Bebbington and the Co-signatories of KWP, Dr Ngarrpadla Alitya Rigney and Dr Kauwanu Lewis Yerloburka O'Brien signed a Memorandum of Understanding (pdf, see also Uni Adelaide Staff News).
The Kaurna language is the cultural property of the Kaurna people. We would like to ask you, the users of material on this website, to do so with respect and consultation.