Narungga language

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RegionSouth Australia
EthnicityNarungga people
Extinctca. 1936[1]
Revival1980s;[1] 24 speakers reported in 2006 census[2]
Language codes
ISO 639-3nnr

Narungga (also Narangga) is an Australian Aboriginal language formerly spoken by the Narungga people in Yorke Peninsula, South Australia. As a result of the colonisation of Australia, the Narungga language fell into disuse within several generations. Nevertheless, Narungga continued to be documented into the 20th century, and the 1980s saw a community reclamation. As a result of revival efforts, the language along with Narungga culture is now being taught around the Yorke Peninsula, from Moonta and Maitland Area Schools to Point Pearce.

Narungga is one of the languages in the Yura group, which includes Nukunu, Kaurna, and Ngadjuri, among others, and belongs to the Pama–Nyungan family.


  1. ^ a b Wanganeen and Eira, pp. 4-5.
  2. ^ a b L1 Narungga at the Australian Indigenous Languages Database, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
  3. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Narungga". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.


  • Wanganeen, Tania; Eira, Christina (2006). "Introduction". The Fragments of Budderer's Waddy: A New Narungga Grammar. Maitland, South Australia: Narungga Aboriginal Progress Association, Inc.
  • Nharangga Warra: Narungga Dictionary. Maitland, South Australia: Narungga Aboriginal Progress Association, Inc. 2006.