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The National Centre for Aboriginal Language and Music Studies (NCALMS) at the University of Adelaide aims to develop excellence and offer national leadership in the intersecting fields of scholarship into Australian Aboriginal languages and music.

Its primary goals are to foster Indigenous excellence through scholarly achievement and student career readiness in these fields; to contribute to the University's course offerings in Aboriginal linguistics and music; to develop and implement strategies for pursuing collaborative and interdisciplinary research opportunities; and to engage and collaborate strategically with Indigenous communities and other stakeholders through aligned outreach activities.

NCALMS co-locates the interests and expertise of three scholarly units: Kaurna Warra Pintyanthi (KWP), the Mobile Language Team (MLT), and the Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music (CASM).

Kaurna Warra Pintyanthi has worked for more than 25 years on community-led projects and media production work to revitalise Kaurna, the Aboriginal language of Adelaide. Since 2009, the Mobile Language Team has been a community-led research and advocacy leader that addresses the needs of Aboriginal communities across the state of South Australia to maintain and strengthen their 44 languages. The Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music was founded in 1974 by ethnomusicologist, Catherine Ellis, and numerous Aboriginal leaders, including the Ngarrindjeri poet Leila Rankine, and remains Australia's only dedicated centre for scholarly teaching and research into Australian Aboriginal music.

Together, through the National Centre for Aboriginal Language and Music Studies, KWP, MLT and CASM strive to strengthen Australian Aboriginal communities, cultures, education, careers and wellbeing through innovative collaborations in language and music scholarship, and to be a leading Australian centre for student learning, scholarly excellence and community outreach in these fields.

National Centre for Aboriginal
Language and Music Studies

Level 6, Schulz Building


T: +61 8 8313 3652