Mbara language (Australia)

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Native to Australia
Region Queensland
Extinct (date missing)[1]
  • Yanga
Language codes
ISO 639-3 mvl
Glottolog mbar1254[2]
AIATSIS[3] G21 Mbara / Midjamba, E52 Yanga (perhaps = Yangga)

Mbara, or Midjamba, is an extinct aboriginal language of Queensland. The Mbara people were traditionally the neighbours of the Yanga, Gugu-Badhun, Yirandali, Wunumara and Ngawun peoples.[4]

Yanga was mutually intelligible.[5][3]

Speakers of Mbara and related dialects were affected by the gold and cattle rushes during the second half of the nineteenth century.[4]


  1. ^ Mbara at Ethnologue (15th ed., 2005)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Mbara (Australia)". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ a b Mbara / Midjamba at the Australian Indigenous Languages Database, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies  (see the info box for additional links)
  4. ^ a b "Mbara". Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  5. ^ RMW Dixon (2002), Australian Languages: Their Nature and Development, p xxxii