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NSW Aboriginal Languages

Aboriginal language is a fundamental expression of the longest continuous living culture in the world. For Aboriginal people, their language is critical to maintaining, strengthening and asserting Aboriginal cultural identity.

Before 1788, there were more than 70 Aboriginal languages that were spoken across New South Wales. Today, most Aboriginal languages in New South Wales do not have enough speakers to function properly and only ten languages are being significantly revitalised.

Arakwal Djirringany Malyangapa Walbanga
Awabakal Eora Marawara Walgalu
Baanbay Galibal Minjungbal Wandandian
Bandjigali Gamilaraay Muruwari Wandjiwalgu
Baraba Baraba Garanggaba Nari Nari Wangaaybuwan
Barranbinya Gawambaray Nawalgu Wemba Wemba
Bidawal Geawegal Ngaku Wiljali
Bigambul Githabul Ngambaa Wilyagali
Birpai Gogai Nganyaywana Wiradjuri
Bolali Gujangal Ngarigo Wiriyaraay
Bundjalung Gumbaynggir Ngiyampaa Wonnarua
Danggali Gundungurra Ngunawal Worimi
Darkinung Gunybaray Nyangbal Yaygir
Daruk Gurungada Paakantyi Yitha Yitha
Darumbal Jaitmathang Thaua Yu Yu
Dhanggatti Ku-ring-gai Wadi Wadi Yugambal
Dharamba Kureinji Wadi Wadi Yuin
Dharawal Kurnu Wadigali Yuungay
Dhurga Madhi Madhi Wailwan Yuwaalaraay

 

View the NSW Aboriginal Research and Resource Centre List

http://www.alrrc.nsw.gov.au/pages.asp?page=&pubid=46&issid=41&artid=91&pgid=87

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