Mangarayi language

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Native to Australia
Region Northern Territory.
Extinct by 2016[1]
  • Marran
    • Mangarayi
Language codes
ISO 639-3 mpc
Glottolog mang1381[2]

Mangarayi (Manggarrai, Mungerry, Ngarrabadji) is an Australian language spoken in the Northern Territory. Its classification is uncertain. Margaret Sharpe originally sought to record the language but turned to the study of Alawa after the station owner where her informants lived denied her access, having tired of the presence of researchers on the property.[4]

Numeric System[edit]

Mangarayi has a number system that extends only to three.

Notes and references[edit]

Explanatory notes[edit]


  1. ^ ABS. "Census 2016, Language spoken at home by Sex (SA2+)". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 2017-10-29. 
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Mangarayi". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ Mangarayi at the Australian Indigenous Languages Database, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
  4. ^ Sharpe 2008, p. 61,n.2.


  • Bernard Comrie. 2013. Numeral Bases.

In: Dryer, Matthew S. & Haspelmath, Martin (eds.) The World Atlas of Language Structures Online. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. (Available online at, Accessed on 2017-04-27.)