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Wambaya

Wambaya is a Mirndi language spoken the Northern Territory of Australia, particularly in the Barkly Tablelands region in the north of the Northern Territory. According to the 2016 census, there are 61 speakers of Wambaya, however not all speak the language fluently. The language is also known as Umbaia, Wambaia, Wambaja, Wom-By-A, Wombya or Yumpia.

Wambaya alphabet and pronunciation

Wambaya alphabet and pronunciation

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Sample text in Wambaya

Ngangaba yana gin najbi. Ngajbi ngurruba. Garngujimiji irrin mirra. Ilarrawulu gunyarna murlungunya gunyarna murluwajarna, wurlun mirra. Babagulanga. Gajurru wurlun. Bumbujardi wurlun jamba.

Translation

There's a fire burning. Let's go and have a look. There must be a big group (of people). Two eaglehawks, one with sight (and) another blind, are there. Two sisters. They're dancing. They're stirring up (clouds of) dust.

Source: Nordlinger, R. (1998). A grammar of Wambaya, Northern Territory (Australia). Canberra:Pacific Linguistics

Links

Information about the Wambaya language
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wambaya_language
https://www.ethnologue.com/language/wmb
http://hdl.handle.net/11343/32775

Mirndi languages

Jaminjung, Jingulu, Wambaya

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet


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