Yinggarda language

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Native toAustralia
RegionGascoyne coast area of Western Australia; Shark Bay coast between Gascoyne and Wooramel rivers, inland to Red Hill, West Pilbara
EthnicityYingkarta (Tedei, Mandi), ?Maia
Native speakers
2 (2005)[1]
  • Southwest (Kartu?)
    • Yinggarda
  • ? Maya
Language codes
ISO 639-3yia
AIATSIS[1]W19 Inggarda, W20 Maya

Yinggarda (Yingkarta, Inggarda) is an Australian Aboriginal language.


'Yinggarda' has been spelled in a number of ways, some linguists (including Dench) writing it as 'Yingkarta'.


It is one of the Kartu languages of the Pama–Nyungan family. Scarcely attested Maya (Maia) may be a dialect.


Yinggarda country is around Carnarvon, on the central western coast of Western Australia, and extends inland to near Gascoyne Junction and south to around the mouth of the Wooramel River. A sketch grammar was written by Alan Dench, who has worked with some of the last speakers. The Yamaji Language Centre has been carrying out work on the Yinggarda language since 1993 and has collected materials for the eventual production of a small dictionary and a grammar.


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