Ngiyambaa is a member of the Wiradhuric subgroup of the Pama-Nyungan language family. It was originally spoken by the Wailwan and Wiraibon people. These were East Australian tribes who were located in the geographical centre of New South Wales, between Sandy Creek near Cobar to the north and Willandra Creek near Ivanhoe to the south.

In 2005 there were just two speakers of Ngiyambaa. There were two dialects of the language: Wailwan (Wayilwan) and Wiraibon (Wangaaypuwan). The language is also known as Ngempa or Wangaaypuwan-Ngiyambaa or Wongaibon. Ngiyambaa is closely related to Wiradjuri, Gamilaraay and Yuwaalaraay.

Ngiyambaa pronunciation

Ngiyambaa pronunciation

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Pronunciation information compiled by Wolfram Siegel.


Information about the Ngiyambaa people, language and culture

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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