Worimi language

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Lower North Coast language
RegionNew South Wales
EthnicityWorimi, Birpai, Gringai
Extinct(date missing)
  • Gadjang (Kattang, Katthang, Gathang)
  • Worimi (Warimi)
  • Birbay (Birrpayi)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3kdainclusive code
Individual code:
xbj – Birrpayi
Glottologwori1245  Worimi[2]
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Worimi, or Gadjang (also spelt Kattang, Kutthung, Gadhang, Gadang, Gathang) is an Australian Aboriginal language. It is the traditional language of the Worimi people, whose descendants now speak English.


Traditional lands of Australian Aboriginal tribes around Sydney, New South Wales.[4]

Worimi is most closely related to Awabakal, in the Yuin–Kuric group of Pama–Nyungan.

Bowern (2011) considers Gadjang, Worimi, and Birrpayi to be separate languages.



Front Back
High ɪ iː ʊ uː
Low ə aː


Bilabial Dental Alveolar Retroflex Palatal Velar
Stop voiceless p t ʈ c k
voiced b d ɟ ɡ
Nasal m n ɲ ŋ
Lateral l ɭ
Approximant ɻ j w
Flap r ɽ


  1. ^ Dixon, R. M. W. (2002). Australian Languages: Their Nature and Development. Cambridge University Press. p. xxxiv.
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Worimi". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ E67 Worimi at the Australian Indigenous Languages Database, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
  4. ^ This map is indicative only.

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