Mantharta language

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RegionWestern Australia
Native speakers
2 Dhargari (2005)[1]
(1 cited 2007)[2]
Language codes
ISO 639-3Variously:
dhr – Dhargari
wri – Warriyangga
iin – Thiin
dze – Djiwarli
AIATSIS[1]W21 Tharrkari, W22 Warriyangka, W25 Thiin, W28 Jiwarli
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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:[4][5]

  • 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.


  1. ^ a b Tharrkari at the Australian Indigenous Languages Database, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies  (see the info box for additional links)
  2. ^ Dhargari at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  3. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Mantharta". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  4. ^ Dixon, R. M. W. (2002). Australian Languages: Their Nature and Development. Cambridge University Press. p. xxxviii.
  5. ^ Bowern & Koch (2004) Australian Languages: Classification and the Comparative Method