Kanyara languages

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Western Australia
Linguistic classificationPama–Nyungan
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Kanyara languages (green) among other Pama–Nyungan (tan).

The Kanyara languages are a pair of closely related languages in the southern Pilbara region of Western Australia.

The languages classified as members of the Kanyara languages group are:[2]

The varieties in parentheses are sometimes considered separate languages.

They are spoken in the region between the mouths of the Gascoyne River and the Ashburton River, along the coast and extending inland.

The name kanyara comes from the word for 'man' in both languages. The Kanyara languages form a branch of the Pama–Nyungan family. The Kanyara group was first proposed by Austin (1988) based on lexical, morphological and syntactic criteria.


  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Kanyara". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  2. ^ Dixon, R. M. W. (2002). Australian Languages: Their Nature and Development. Cambridge University Press. p. xxxviii.
  • Austin, Peter. 1988. 'Classification of Southern Pilbara languages' Papers in Australian Linguistics no. 17, 1-17; PL A-71. Pacific Linguistics: Canberra

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