Worimi language

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Worimi
Gadhang
Lower North Coast language
RegionNew South Wales
EthnicityWorimi, Birpai, Gringai
Extinct(date missing)
Dialects
  • Gadjang (Kattang, Katthang, Gathang)
  • Worimi (Warimi)
  • Birbay (Birrpayi)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3kdainclusive code
Individual code:
xbj – Birrpayi
Glottologwori1245  Worimi[2]
AIATSIS[3]E67
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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.

Classification[edit]

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.

Phonology[edit]

Vowels[edit]

Front Back
High ɪ iː ʊ uː
Low ə aː

Consonants[edit]

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

References[edit]

  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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