Ngaanyatjarra dialect

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Ngaanjatjarra, Ngaanyatjara, Nyanganyatjara
Native to Australia
Region Western Australia; Warburton Ranges.
Ethnicity Ngaanyatjarra
Native speakers
700 (2005) to 1,000 (2006 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 ntj
Glottolog ngaa1240[2]

Ngaanyatjarra (also Ngaanyatjara, Ngaanjatjarra) is an Australian Aboriginal language. It is one of the Wati languages of the large Pama–Nyungan family. It is one of the dialects of the Western Desert Language and is very similar to its close neighbour Ngaatjatjarra, with which it is highly mutually intelligible.

Most Ngaanyatjarra people live in one of the communities of Warburton, Warakurna, Tjukurla, Papulankutja (Blackstone), Mantamaru (Jameson) or Kaltukatjara (Docker River). Some have moved to Cosmo Newbery and Laverton in the Eastern Goldfields area of Western Australia.

Origin of the name[edit]

The name Ngaanyatjarra derives from the word ngaanya 'this' which, combined with the comitative suffix -tjarra means "having ngaanya (as the word for "this"). This distinguishes it from its near neighbour Ngaatjatjarra, which has ngaatja for 'this'.


  1. ^ a b Ngaanyatjarra at the Australian Indigenous Languages Database, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Ngaanyatjarra". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  • Glass, Amee and Hackett, Dorothy. 1979. Ngaanyatjarra texts. New Revised edition of Pitjantjatjara texts (1969). Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies, Canberra. ISBN 0-391-01683-0.
  • Glass, Amee and Hackett, Dorothy. 2003. Ngaanyatjarra & Ngaatjatjarra to English Dictionary. IAD press, Alice Springs. ISBN 1-86465-053-2

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