|Region||Murchison area of Western Australia|
|89 (2006 census)|
Wajarri country is inland from Geraldton, Western Australia, and extends as far south and west as Mullewa, north to Gascoyne Junction and east to Meekatharra. The Yamaji Language Centre has been carrying out work on the Wajarri language since 1993 and has produced an illustrated wordlist as well as grammatical materials and a dictionary (the latter two unpublished). Sketch grammars of Wajarri have been written by Wilfrid Douglas (1981) and Marmion (1996).
History and current status
Since July 2005, the Irra Wangga – Geraldton Language Programme has continued work on the Wajarri language, producing publications, working with schools involved in the teaching of the language, and holding weekly community language classes (current 2008). In 2008 Wajarri became the first Australian Aboriginal language available at senior secondary level (TEE) in the state of Western Australia.
People who are Wajarri speakers, or who are descended primarily from Wajarri speakers also refer to themselves as Wajarri. The word for 'man' in Wajarri is yamaji and this word is also commonly used by Wajarri people to refer to themselves. Depending on the context yamaji may also be used to refer to other Aboriginal people, particularly people from the Murchison-Gascoyne region.
- Wajarri at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
- Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Wajarri". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.
- Wajarri at the Australian Indigenous Languages Database, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
- Boddington, Ross and Boddinton, Olive. 1996. The Budara Story. Magabala Books.
- Douglas, Wilfrid H. 1981. 'Watjarri'. In Dixon, R.M.W. and Blake, Barry J (Eds.), Handbook of Australian Languages: Vol. 2. ANU Press.
- Marmion, Douglas. 1996. A description of the morphology of Wajarri. Unpublished Hons. thesis, University of New England.
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