Jawi dialect

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RegionWestern Australia
Extinctby 2003[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3djw [2]
AIATSIS[4]K16 Jawi

Jawi[4] or Djawi[1][2][3] is a nearly extinct dialect of the Bardi language of Western Australia, the traditional language of the Djaui. There are no longer any known fluent speakers, but there may be some partial speakers.[5]

The name has also been spelt Chowie, Djaoi, Djau, Djaui, Dyao, and Dyawi.


Jawi is a Non-Pama–Nyungan language of the Nyulnyulan family, closest related to Bardi.[5]


Cited references[edit]

  1. ^ a b Djawi at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ a b "Documentation for ISO 639 identifier: djw". SIL International. Retrieved 2017-07-03. Name: Djawi
  3. ^ a b Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Djawi". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  4. ^ a b Jawi at the Australian Indigenous Languages Database, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
  5. ^ a b McGregor, William (2004). The Languages of the Kimberley, Western Australia. London, New York: Taylor & Francis. pp. 40–42.

General references[edit]

  • Bird, W. (1910). "Some remarks on the grammatical construction of the Chowie language, as spoken by the Buccaneer Islanders, North-Western Australia". Anthropos. 5: 454–456.
  • Bird, W. (1915). "A short vocabulary of the Chowie-language of the Buccaneer Islanders (Sunday Islanders) north western Australia". Anthropos. 10: 180–186.
  • Bird, W.; Hadley, S. (not dated). ‘Native vocabulary: Sunday Island’, unpublished manuscript.