|Arnhem Land, northern Australia|
|Linguistic classification:||Arnhem (Macro-Gunwinyguan)
Gunwinyguan languages (purple) and other Non-Pama–Nyungan languages (grey). Clockwise from the north, the 5 groups are Gunwinggic, Dalabon, Jala, Jawoyn + Warray, Uwinymil. The heavy black line outlines other languages sometimes included in Gunwinyguan (see Arnhem languages).
The Gunwinyguan languages (Gunwinjguan, Gunwingguan), also core Gunwinyguan or Gunwinyguan proper, are a branch of a large language family of Australian Aboriginal languages in Arnhem Land, northern Australia. The most populous language is Gunwinygu, with some 1500 speakers.
Gunwinyguan languages have a fortis–lenis contrast in plosive consonants. Lenis/short plosives have weak contact and intermittent voicing, while fortis/long plosives have full closure, a more powerful release burst, and no voicing.
The list here is based on Green (2003).
- Gunwinggic: Kunwinjku (Gunwinggu), Kunbarlang
- Jawoyn (Djauan)
- Dalabon (Ngalkbun)
- Jala (Rembarngic): Rembarrnga, Ngalakgan
- Warrayic: Waray, Uwinymil
Yangmanic had once been included, but has been removed from recent classifications. Various other languages appear to be related to this Gunwinyguan core. This larger family is sometimes also called Gunwinyguan, but more unambiguously Macro-Gunwinyguan or Arnhem.
- Rebecca Green, 2003. "Proto-Maningrida within Proto-Arnhem: evidence from verbal inflectional suffixes." In Nicholas Evans, ed. The Non-Pama-Nyungan languages of northern Australia.
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