Ritharngu language

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Native to Australia
Region Northern Territory
Native speakers
32 (2006 census)[1]
  • Ritharngu
  • Wagilak
Yolŋu Sign Language
Language codes
ISO 639-3 rit
Glottolog rita1239[2]

Ritharrŋu (Ritharngu, Ritarungo) is an Australian Aboriginal Yolŋu language, spoken in Australia's Northern Territory.

Dialects of the two moieties are (a) Ritharngu, and (b) Wagilak.[3] Dhiyakuy has been claimed to be another name, but is not recognized. The Manggurra clan now speak Ritharngu, but apparently shifted from Nunggubuyu.


  1. ^ a b Ritharngu at the Australian Indigenous Languages Database, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Ritarungo". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ Dixon, R. M. W. (2002). Australian Languages: Their Nature and Development. Cambridge University Press. p. xxxvi.