Jawi dialect

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For the language of the Patani region, see Kelantan-Pattani Malay.
Region Western Australia
Extinct by 2003[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 djw
Glottolog djaw1238[2]

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

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


Jawi is a Non-Pama–Nyungan language of the Nyulnyulan family, closest related to Bardi.[4]


Cited references[edit]

  1. ^ Jawi at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Djawi". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ Jawi at the Australian Indigenous Languages Database, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
  4. ^ 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 ‘Native vocabulary: Sunday Island’, unpublished manuscript.