Bunwurrung language

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Bun wurrung
Native to Australia
Region Victoria
Ethnicity Bunurong people
Extinct ca. 1803
Language codes
ISO 639-3 None (mis)
Glottolog None
The five Kulin nations. Bunurong ('Boonwurrung') is in blue, on the coast.

Bunwurrung (also anglicised as Bunurong, Bun wurrung, Boonwurrung among other spellings)[3] is the Indigenous Australian language spoken by the Bunurong people of the Kulin Nation of Central Victoria at the time of European settlement.

Geographic Distribution[edit]

It was spoken by six clans along the coast from the Werribee River, across the Mornington Peninsula, Western Port Bay to Wilsons Promontory.

Related languages[edit]

Bunwurrung is closely related to Woiwurrung language, with which it shares over 90% of its vocabulary.


  1. ^ R. M. W. Dixon, Australian Languages: Their Nature and Development: v. 1 (Cambridge Language Surveys). Cambridge University Press, 2002. ISBN 978-0-521-47378-1
  2. ^ Bun wurrung at the Australian Indigenous Languages Database, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
  3. ^ Other spellings and names include Boonerwrung, Boon Wurrung, Putnaroo, Thurung, Toturin, and Gippsland dialect (AusAnthrop Australian Aboriginal tribal database, Detailed record of the Bunurong, AusAnthrop anthropological research, resources and documentation on the Aborigines of Australia. Retrieved May 30, 2012)