Yindjibarndi (Indjibandi)

Yindjibarndi is a member of the Ngayarta (Pil-bara) group of the south-western branch of the Pama-Nyungan language family. It was originally spoken in the tableland area of the Pilbara and is now spoken around Roebourne, the north west of Western Australia by about 380 people.

Yindjibarndi is written with the Latin script and there is some written material in the language, including a dictionary, grammar and other texts. It is taught in some primary schools.

Yindjibarndi alphabet and pronunciation

Yindjibarndi alphabet and pronunciation

Download an alphabet chart for Yindjibarndi (Excel)

Information compiled by Wolfram Siegel.

Sample text

Barnga muyhungga jimbuwarlaarri. Tharrawayi ngurrayi ngarrili thurnungga. Tharlayigu jinawari, muji thardamarnu. Ngarri muwawa. Ngaarda ngarrguwayi barngayi jimbuwarlaa. Ganaji barndigayi ngaardawu, ngarrgaayi jimbu barngayi. Ganaji wanbigayi, nyurndimarnu. Jujungali wandaa ngarrguwayi. Yangubala mirda.


In winter, the female bungarra is full of eggs. She goes underground and lies there. She kicks with her feet, plugging the hole. She lies there, buried alive. Suppose a person eats a female goanna with eggs. Lightning would smell the person who ate the goanna eggs. Lightning would strike them dead. Older people can eat them, but not young ones.

Source: https://www.wangkamaya.org.au/pilbara-languages/yindjibarndi

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Information about Yindjibarndi

Parts of the Bible in Yindjibarndi

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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