Nyawaygi language

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Nyawaygi
RegionQueensland
EthnicityNyawaygi
Extinct2009, with the death of Willie Seaton[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3nyt
Glottolognyaw1247[2]
AIATSIS[3]Y129

Nyawaygi (Nawagi) is an extinct Australian Aboriginal language that was spoken northeast Queensland, on the east coast of Australia.

Nyawaygi had the smallest number of consonants, 12, of any Australian language. It had 7 conjugations,[clarification needed] 3 open and 4 closed, the latter including monosyllabic roots, and, in this regard, conserved a feature of proto-Pama–Nyungan lost from contiguous languages.[4]

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  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Nyawaygi". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Nyawaygi at the Australian Indigenous Languages Database, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
  4. ^ Dixon, R. M. W. (1983). "Nyawagyi". In Dixon, Robert M. W.; Blake, Barry J. Handbook of Australian Languages. Volume 3. John Benjamins Publishing. pp. 431–523. ISBN 978-9-027-27353-6.