Malgana language

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Region Shark Bay area of Western Australia
Extinct (date missing)
Language codes
ISO 639-3 vml
Glottolog malg1242[1]

Malgana is an Australian Aboriginal language. It is one of the Kartu languages of the Pama–Nyungan family of languages.

Malgana country is the area around Shark Bay in Western Australia. In particular it includes the Peron and Edel Land Peninsulas as well as some of the adjoining land. The Irra Wangga Language Centre[3] (having taken over from the Yamaji Language Centre) has been carrying out work on the Malgana language since 1995 and has produced an illustrated wordlist as well as grammatical materials and a dictionary (the latter two unpublished).

'Targuda'/'Daguda', 'Buluguda', 'Damala', and 'Watjanti' were likely Malgana-speaking locations, rather than dialects, but it's possible they were Nhanda instead.[2]


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