Ngarna languages

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Northern Territory, Queensland
Linguistic classification Pama–Nyungan
  • Ngarna
Glottolog ngar1290[1]
Ngarna languages (green) among other Pama–Nyungan (tan). The two Ngarna areas are separated by Garrwan (grey).

The Ngarna or Warluwaric languages are a discontinuous primary branch of the Pama–Nyungan language family of Australia.[2][3] The moribund Yanyuwa language is the only survivor of this group.

The two geographic and also cladistic groups are:

Despite their geographic separation, the Ngarna languages are close enough to be accepted as a family in the conservative classification of Dixon (2002).


  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Ngarna". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  2. ^ Dixon, R. M. W. (2002). Australian Languages: Their Nature and Development. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-47378-1.
  3. ^ Bowern, Claire. 2011. "How Many Languages Were Spoken in Australia?", Anggarrgoon: Australian languages on the web, December 23, 2011 (corrected February 6, 2012)