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Dhangu (Yolŋu)

Photo courtesy of Brittany Tullar

Quick Facts

 

Total Worldwide Speakers: 350

 

Language Family: Australian, Pama-Nyungan

 

Spoken in:  Australia

 

 

History:
 
Yolngu or Yolŋu is a member of the Pama-Nyungan family of languages. It is spoken in the north-eastern part of Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory of Australia by about 2,000 people. There are 12 dialects of Yolngu with significant variation between them, though there is a fair degree of mutual intelligibility between them as well.
 
During the 1930s, missionaries developed various ways of writing Yolngu, which are still used today, though there is no standard spelling system.

 

 

Sources: The Ethnologue & Omniglot

DVDs

 
Ten Canoes

 
Audio Tracks English & Dhangu
Subtitles English
Running Time 92 min
Rating Not Rated

 

 

 

 

Web-Based Resources

 
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