Kuuk Thaayorre

Kuuk Thaayorre is a Pama-Nyungan language spoken in Pormpuraaw on the Cape York Peninsula in Queensland, Australia. In 2016 there were about 210 speakers of Kuuk Thaayorre. The majority of speakers are adults, but some children are learning the language as well.

The language is also known as Kuuk Thaayoore, Kuktayor, Kukudayore, Gugudayor, Koko Daiyuri, Koko Taiyor, Kokkotaijari, Kokotaiyari, Thayorre, Thaayore, Thayore, Tayore, Taior, Taiol, Da:jor or Behran.

Kuuk Thaayorre, like some other Australian Aboriginal languages, uses absolute cardinal directions. This means that instead of talking about left and right, ahead, behind, etc, they use compass directions (north, east, south, west). They say things like, "There's an ant on your southeast leg".

Kuuk Thaayorre alphabet and pronunciation

Kuuk Thaayorre alphabet and pronunciation

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Information about the Kuuk Thaayorre language

Pama-Nyungan languages

Alyawarr, Arrernte, Bundjalung, Dharawal, 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, Yankunytjatjara, Yindjibarndi, Yolŋu

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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