|Lower North Coast language|
|Region||New South Wales|
|Ethnicity||Worimi, Birpai, Gringai|
Worimi, or Gadjang (also spelt Kattang, Kutthung, Gadhang, Gadang, Gathang) is an Australian Aboriginal language. It is the traditional language of the Worimi people, whose descendants now speak English. Work has started on revitalising the language with a dictionary and TAFE course in Gathang.
Bowern (2011) considers Gadjang, Worimi, and Birrpayi to be separate languages.
|High||ɪ iː i ii||ʊ uː u uu|
|Low||ə aː a aa|
There is also the diphthong "ay", pronounced [aj].
|Stop||p~b p/b||k~g k/g||t̪~d̪ th/dh||c~ɟ tj/dj||t~d t/d||(ʈ)|
|Nasal||m m||ŋ ng||n̪ nh||ɲ ny/yn||n n|
|Approximant||w w||j y||ɻ~ɽ r|
Within the orthography, both unvoiced and voiced stops are written, however they remain largely interchangeable. There is some evidence of a merger of the dental and palatal stops/nasals. At the end of a word, a nasal may also be pronounced as its corresponding stop. (E.g. bakan~bakat - rock). Intervocalically, "b" may be pronounced as [v].
- Dixon, R. M. W. (2002). Australian Languages: Their Nature and Development. Cambridge University Press. p. xxxiv.
- Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Worimi". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
- E67 Worimi at the Australian Indigenous Languages Database, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
- Sati, Wiriya (2 April 2019). "Revitalising the Aboriginal language Gathang is about learning and speaking it together every day". ABC news. Retrieved 12 September 2019.
- This map is indicative only.
- Dixon, R. M. W. (2002). Australian Languages: Their Nature and Development. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-47378-1.
- Enright, W. J. (1900). "The Language, Weapons and Manufactures of the Aborigines of Port Stephens, N.S.W.". Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales. 34: 103–188.
- Holmer, Nils M. (1966). An Attempt towards a Comparative Grammar of Two Australian Languages. Canberra: Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies.
- Bibliography of Worimi people and language resources, at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
- Aboriginal Language the Kutthung
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