Ngaanyatjarra dialect

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Native to Australia
Region Western Australia; Warburton Ranges.
Ethnicity Ngaanyatjarra
Native speakers
1,091 (2016 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 ntj
Glottolog ngaa1240[2]

Ngaanyatjarra (also Ngaanyatjara, Ngaanjatjarra) is an Australian Aboriginal language. It is one of the Wati languages of the large Pama–Nyungan family. It is one of the dialects of the Western Desert Language and is very similar to its close neighbour Ngaatjatjarra, with which it is highly mutually intelligible.

Most Ngaanyatjarra people live in one of the communities of Warburton, Warakurna, Tjukurla, Papulankutja (Blackstone), Mantamaru (Jameson) or Kaltukatjara (Docker River). Some have moved to Cosmo Newbery and Laverton in the Eastern Goldfields area of Western Australia.

Origin of the name

The name Ngaanyatjarra derives from the word ngaanya 'this' which, combined with the comitative suffix -tjarra means "having ngaanya (as the word for 'this')". This distinguishes it from its near neighbour Ngaatjatjarra, which has ngaatja for 'this'.



  1. ^ ABoS 2016.
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Ngaanyatjarra". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ A38 Ngaanyatjarra at the Australian Indigenous Languages Database, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies


External links

  • ELAR archive of Western Desert Special Speech Styles Project
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