Gaagudju language

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Gaagudju
Region Northern Territory
Extinct May 2002 when Big Bill Neidjie died
Arnhem
  • Gaagudju
Dialects
Wada
Language codes
ISO 639-3 gbu
AIATSIS[1] N50
Glottolog gaga1251[2]
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  Gaagudju
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Gaagudju (also spelt Gagadu, Gaguju, and Kakadu) is an extinct Australian Aboriginal language formerly spoken in Arnhem Land, northern Australia, in the environs of Kakadu National Park. Its last speaker, Big Bill Neidjie, died on 23 May 2002.

Classification[edit]

Gaagudju has traditionally been classified with the Gunwinyguan languages. However, in 1997 Nicholas Evans proposed an Arnhem Land family that includes Gaagudju.

Phonology[edit]

Vowels[edit]

Front Back
High i iː u uː
Mid e eː o oː
Low a aː

Consonants[edit]

Peripheral Laminal Apical
Bilabial Velar Palatal Alveolar Retroflex
Stop p k c t ʈ
Nasal m ŋ ɲ n ɳ
Lateral ʎ l
Rhotic r ɻ
Semivowel w j

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gaagudju at the Australian Indigenous Languages Database, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Gaagudju". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  • Harvey, Mark (2002). A Grammar of Gaagudju. Walter de Gruyter. 

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