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The Nungali, otherwise known as the Jilngali,[1] are an indigenous Australian people of the Northern Territory.


The name Nungali, now adopted as the general term, differs from the other ethnonym for these people only in having a prefix attached to it.[1]


Nungali is distantly related to Jaminjung and like the latter is one of the non Pama-Nyungan tongues, usually classified as one of the Djamindjungan/Yirram family of languages. It is thought to be virtually extinct.[2]

Alternative names

  • Ilngali.
  • Jilngali.[1]



  1. ^ a b c Tindale 1974, p. 227.
  2. ^ Schultze-Berndt 2006, p. 64.


  • Schultze-Berndt, Eva (2006). "Sketch of a Jaminjung grammar of space". In Levinson, Stephen C.; Wilkins, David P. Grammars of Space: Explorations in Cognitive Diversity. Cambridge University Press. pp. 63–114. ISBN 978-1-139-45839-9.
  • Tindale, Norman Barnett (1974). "Jilngali (NT)". Aboriginal Tribes of Australia: Their Terrain, Environmental Controls, Distribution, Limits, and Proper Names. Australian National University Press. ISBN 978-0-708-10741-6.
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