Tharawal languages

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Ethnicity: Yuin people
New South Wales, Australia
Linguistic classification: Pama–Nyungan
Glottolog: nort2761  (partial overlap)[1]

Tharawal (Thurawal) is a small family of extinct Australian Aboriginal languages once spoken along the South Coast of New South Wales.

According to Dixon (2002),[2] four Tharawal languages are attested, though he does not accept them as related:

Tharawal, Dhurga, Dyirringanj, Thawa

Bowern (2011) lists three–Dharawal, Dhurga, and Thawa—among the Yuin languages.[3]


Peoples who spoke these languages include:

Southern New South Wales group Clans and Families of The Northern Dharawal

New South Wales south coast group


  1. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Northern Costal Yuin". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  2. ^ R. M. W. Dixon, Australian Languages: Their Nature and Development. Cambridge University Press, 2002, pp. xxxiv–xxxv, ISBN 0-521-47378-0.
  3. ^ Bowern, Claire. 2011. "How Many Languages Were Spoken in Australia?", Anggarrgoon: Australian languages on the web, December 23, 2011 (corrected February 6, 2012)

Dixon, R. M. W. (2002). Australian Languages: Their Nature and Development. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0521473780, ISBN 978-0-521-47378-1.