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Walmajarri language

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Walmajarri language

Walmajarri (many other names; see below) is a Pama–Nyungan language spoken in Western Australia.


  • Names 1
  • The Speakers 2
  • Phonology 3
    • Vowels 3.1
    • Consonants 3.2


Names for this language break down along the three dialects:

  • Walmajarri, Walmatjarri, Walmatjari, Walmadjari, Walmatjiri, Walmajiri, Walmatjeri, Walmadjeri, Walmadyeri, Walmaharri, Wolmeri, Wolmera, Wulmari
  • Bililuna, Pililuna
  • Jiwarliny, Juwaliny, Tjiwaling, Tjiwarlin

The Speakers

Communities with a Walmajarri population are:

The Walmajarri people used to live in the Great Sandy Desert. Subsequent events took them to the cattle stations, towns and missions in the North and scattered them over a wide area. The geographical distance accounts for the fact that there are several dialects, which have been further polarized by the lack of contact and further influenced by neighbouring languages.



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High i, iː u, uː
Low a, aː


Peripheral Laminal Apical
Bilabial Velar Palatal [[Alveolar
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