Wadjiginy language

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Native to Australia
Region Daly River
Native speakers
unknown (12 cited 1988)[1]
Patjtjamalh (Wadyginy)
Pungupungu (Kandjerramalh)
Language codes
ISO 639-3 wdj
AIATSIS[2] N31, N11
Glottolog wadj1254[3]
Linguasphere 28-fbb-a

Wadjiginy, also known as Wagaydy, is an unclassified Australian Aboriginal language, perhaps an isolate.

Wadjiginy (Wadyiginy, Wagaydy, Wogaity) is the name of the people; the language is Patjtjamalh (Batjamalh, Batytyamalh).[2]

Wadjiginy is not known to be related to any other language, though it has borrowed grammatical and lexical material from neighboring Northern Daly languages.[2] Tryon (1987) notes that it is 80% cognate with Pungupungu (AKA Kandjerramalh (Kenderramalh), Kuwema),[4] but there are serious grammatical differences that prevent them from being considered dialects.


  1. ^ Wadjiginy at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ a b c Wadjiginy at the Australian Indigenous Languages Database, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies  (see the info box for additional links)
  3. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Wadjiginy". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  4. ^ Kuwema is also a name of the Tyaraity dialect of Malak-Malak, and Pungupungu is now used as a name of Malak-Malak proper