Dalabon language

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RegionArnhem Land, Australia
Extinctby 2016[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3ngk

Dalabon is an extinct Gunwinyguan language spoken by some 20 speakers in Arnhem Land, Australia. Dalabon is also known as Dangbon, Ngalkbun (the Jawoyn name), and Buwan (the Rembarrnga name).[3]


  • Alpher, Barry. 1982. Dalabon dual-subject prefixes, kinship categories and generation skewing. In J. Heath, F. Merlan and A. Rumsey, eds, Languages of Kinship in Aboriginal Australia, 19-30. Sydney: Oceania Linguistic Monographs #24,
  • Evans, Nicholas, Dunstan Brown & Greville Corbett. 2001. Dalabon pronominal prefixes and the typology of syncretism: a Network Morphology analysis. Yearbook of Morphology 2000, 187-231.
  • Evans, Nicholas. 2007. Standing up your mind: remembering in Dalabon. In Mengistu Amberber (ed.) The language of memory in a crosslinguistic perspective. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. pp. 67–95.
  • Evans, Nicholas. 2006. Who said polysynthetic languages avoid subordination? Multiple subordination strategies in Dalabon. Australian Journal of Linguistics 26.1:31-58.
  • Evans, Nicholas, Janet Fletcher & Belinda Ross. 2008. Big words, small phrases: mismatches between pause units and the polysynthetic word in Dalabon. Linguistics 46.1:87-127.
  • Evans, Nicholas & Francesca Merlan. 2003. Dalabon verb conjugations. In Nicholas Evans (ed.). The non-Pama-Nyungan languages of northern Australia: comparative studies of the continent’s most linguistically complex region. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics. pp. 269–283.
  • Evans, Nicholas, Francesca Merlan & Maggie Tukumba. 2004. A first dictionary of Dalabon (Ngalkbon). Maningrida: Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation. Pp. xxxviii + 489.
  • Ponsonnet, Maïa. 2012. Body-parts in Dalabon and Barunga Kriol: Matches and mismatches. In M. Ponsonnet, L. Dao and M. Bowler eds. Proceedings of the 42nd Australian Linguistic Society Conference – 2011 (Canberra, 1–4 Dec 2011), 351–387. Canberra: ANU Research Repository.
  • (in French) Ponsonnet, Maïa. 2011. Les figures du doute en langue dalabon (Australie du Nord). Journal de la Société des Océanistes, 132(1):151–164. Paris: Société des Océanistes.
  • Ponsonnet, Maïa. 2010. Aspects of the Semantics of Emotions and Feelings in Dalabon (South-Western Arnhem Land). The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 20(3):367-89. Malden / Oxford / Chichester / Richmond: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Ponsonnet, Maïa. 2009. Aspects of the Semantics of Intellectual Subjectivity in Dalabon (South-Western Arnhem Land). Australian Aboriginal Studies, 2009/1:17-28. Canberra: Aboriginal Studies Press.


  1. ^ ABS. "Census 2016, Language spoken at home by Sex (SA2+)". stat.data.abs.gov.au. Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 2017-10-29.
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Ngalkbun". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ a b Dalabon at the Australian Indigenous Languages Database, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

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