|Region||Croker Island, Northern Territory|
|Extinct||1 speaker reported in 2000; 2 reported to partly understand it in 2008|
Marrgu language (purple arrow), among other non-Pama–Nyungan languages (grey)
Marrgu had been assumed to be an Iwaidjan language like its neighbours. However, Evans (2006) has produced evidence that it was a language isolate, with possible connection to the extinct and poorly attested Wurrugu. This connection however is merely theoretical.
|Lateral flap||ɺ ⟨ld⟩|| ⟨rld⟩|
Marrgu had the three-vowel ( /a/, /i/, /u/) system typical of Iwaidjan languages (Evans 1998).
- Marrgu language at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
- N45 Marrgu at the Australian Indigenous Languages Database, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
- Evans, Nicholas (1998). "Iwaidja mutation and its origins". In Anna Siewierska & Jae Jung Song. Case, Typology and Grammar: In honor of Barry J. Blake. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company. pp. 115–149.