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Wiradjuri (Wirraayjuurray/Wirraaydhuurray)

Wiradjuri is a member of the Wiradjuri group of the Pama-Nyungan languages. It is spoken by about 1,000 people in the central southern region of New South Wales of Australia.

In 1981 only three people spoke Wiradjuri and by 2009 no native speakers remained, however the language has been successfully revived. A standardised spelling system for the language was approved by the Wiradjuri Council of Elders in 1988, and there are now a number of textbooks, grammars, a dictionary and other materials in the language.

Wiradjuri is currently taught at all levels of education in the towns of Parkes and Forbes in New South Wales, where about 10% of the people speak the language.

Wiradjuri pronunciation

Wiradjuri pronunciation

Information compiled by Wolfram Siegel.


Information about the Wiradjuri language

Online Wiradjuri lessons

Songs in Wiradjuri

Wiradjuri Language Development Project

How a language transformed a town

Pama-Nyungan languages

Alyawarr, Gumatj, Guugu Yalandji, Kala Lagaw Ya, Martu Wangka, Ngaanyatjarra, Warlpiri

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet