Kalaamaya language

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Native toAustralia
RegionWestern Australia
EthnicityKalamaia, ?Njakinjaki
Extinct(date missing)
  • Nyungic
    • Kalamaya–Natingero
      • Kalaamaya
  • ?Nyaki Nyaki
Language codes
ISO 639-3lkm
AIATSIS[2]A4 Kalaamaya, A1 Nyaki Nyaki

Kalaamaya, also spelled Karlamay, is a Pama–Nyungan language of Western Australia. It is poorly attested, but appears to have been a close relative of the Nyungar languages.[3]

A variety called Nyaki Nyaki (Njakinjaki) has been variously said to be a dialect of Nyungar or of Kalaamaya.[4] Natingero has also been listed as a dialect, but it is only 40% lexically similar.

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  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Kalaamaya". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  2. ^ A4 Kalaamaya at the Australian Indigenous Languages Database, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies  (see the info box for additional links)
  3. ^ Bowern, Claire. 2011. "How Many Languages Were Spoken in Australia?", Anggarrgoon: Australian languages on the web, December 23, 2011 (corrected February 6, 2012)
  4. ^ [1]