Diyari (Rdiyarrhi yawarrha)

Diyari is part of the Kamic branch of the Pama-Nyungan language family. It was traditionally spoken in northern South Australia to the east of Lake Eyre North. In 2016 there were just five speakers, who can be found in Marree, Port Augusta, Broken Hill, and Adelaide. There are several hundred more people with some knowledge of the language. The language is also known as Dieri, Diari, Diyeri or Diererie.

Diyari was first studied and written by German missionaries was set up a Christian mission station at Lake Killalpaninna on Cooper Creek in 1867. They devised a way to write the language with the Latin alphabet, translated religious works into it, used it in their mission school, and created dictionaries and other teaching materials. The mission was closed by the South Australian government in 1914.

A grammar of Diyari was produced by Peter K. Austin, an Australian linguist, in 1981, he has been working with the Dieri Aboriginal Corporation to revitalize the language since 2011, and published a draft dictionary of Diyari in 2013.

Diyari alphabet and pronunciation

Diyari alphabet and pronunciation

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Pama-Nyungan languages

Alyawarr, Arrernte, Bundjalung, Dhuwal, Diyari, Djinang, Djinba, Gamilaraay, Gooniyandi, Gugadja, Guugu Yalandji, Guugu Yimithirr, Kala Lagaw Ya, Kalkatungu, Kaurna, Kuku Nyungkal, Kunjen, Kuuk Thaayorre, Martu Wangka, Ngaanyatjarra, Ngiyambaa, Nhangu, Noongar, Paakantyi, Pintupi, Pitjantjatjara, Warlpiri, Wemba Wemba, Wik-Mungkan, Wiradjuri, Yindjibarndi, Yolŋu

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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