Wanyi language

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Region Northern Territory and Queensland, Australia
Extinct Late 20th century.
  • Wanyi
Language codes
ISO 639-3 wny
Glottolog wany1247[1]

Wanyi (also spelled Waanyi, Wanji, Waanji) is an extinct Australian Aboriginal language formerly spoken by the Waanyi people of the lower gulf area of Northern Queensland, Australia.

Words and phrases from this language are used by novelist Alexis Wright in her 2013 novel, The Swan Book.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Wanyi". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  2. ^ Wanyi at the Australian Indigenous Languages Database, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies