Kurrama language

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Native to Australia
Region Pilbara region of Western Australia, particularly around the Fortescue valley east of Millstream and south of the Fortescue River to Rocklea Station.
Ethnicity Kurrama people
Native speakers
10 (2005)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 vku
Glottolog kurr1243[2]
AIATSIS[1] a70

Kurrama is an Australian Aboriginal language. It is one of the Ngayarda languages of the large Pama–Nyungan family.

The language name has also previously been written as: Kurama, Gurrama, Gurama (amongst others). While there is no official orthography for Kurrama the Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre uses the spelling 'Kurrama' in all its publications.

A number of linguists have carried out work on Kurrama however there is not yet a comprehensive grammatical description of the language. The Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre has an ongoing program of documentation of Pilbara languages, including Kurrama.

The Kurrama people associated with the language are an indigenous Australian group whose traditional lands are centred on the higher plateau regions of the Hamersley Ranges.


  1. ^ a b Kurrama at the Australian Indigenous Languages Database, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Kurrama". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 

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