|2 Dhargari (2005)|
(1 cited 2007)
Mantharta languages (green) among other Pama–Nyungan (tan).
Mantharta is a possibly extinct dialect cluster spoken in the southern Pilbara region of Western Australia. There were four varieties, which were distinct but largely mutually intelligible. The four were:
- Tharrgari (Tharrkari, Dhargari), still spoken c. 2005
- Warriyangka (Wadiwangga), still spoken c. 1973
- Thiin, extinct by 2004
- Jiwarli (Tjiwarli), extinct by 2004
The name mantharta comes from the word for "man" in all four varieties.
For details, see Jiwarli dialect.
- Tharrkari at the Australian Indigenous Languages Database, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (see the info box for additional links)
- Dhargari at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
- Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Mantharta". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
- Dixon, R. M. W. (2002). Australian Languages: Their Nature and Development. Cambridge University Press. p. xxxviii.
- Bowern & Koch (2004) Australian Languages: Classification and the Comparative Method
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