Muruwari language

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RegionQueensland and New South Wales, Australia
Extinct20th century
  • Southeast
    • New South Wales
      • Muruwari
Language codes
ISO 639-3zmu
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Muruwari (green) among other Pama–Nyungan languages (tan)

Muruwari (also Muruwarri, Murawari, Murawarri) is the Australian Aboriginal language of the Muruwari people, an isolate within the Pama–Nyungan family. Poorly attested Barranbinja may have been a dialect.

Muruwari means 'to fall (warri) with a fighting club (murru) in one's hand'.

The Muruwari language was collated from many tapes of language material recorded by Jimmy Barker of Brewarrina, Emily Horneville (Mrs Ornable) and Shillin Jackson of Goodooga, and Robin Campbell of Weilmoringle. The Murawari language was first published by R. H. Mathews in the early 1900s and again by Ian Sims, Judy Trefry, Janet Mathews, and Lynette F. Oates (1988).

Example sentence[edit]

  • "Pitara yaan Muruwariki"
  • Meaning: "Muruwari is good, sweet talk".


  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Muruwari". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  2. ^ D32 Muruwari at the Australian Indigenous Languages Database, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

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