Ngarigo language

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Southern Inland Yuin
RegionNew South Wales & ACT, Australia
EthnicityNgarigo, Ngambri = Walgalu, Jaitmatang
Extinctby 2006[1]
  • Yaithmathang
  • Walgalu (Wolgal)
Language codes
ISO 639-3Either:
xni – Ngarigo
xjt – Jaitmathang

Ngarigo (Ngarigu) is a nearly extinct Australian Aboriginal language, the traditional language of the Ngarigo people.

Yaithmathang (Jaitmathang), also known as Gundungerre, was a dialect.[3]


Consonant sounds
Labial Dental Alveolar Retroflex Palatal Velar
Stop b d ɖ ɟ k
Nasal m n ɲ ŋ
Lateral l ʎ
Rhotic ɾ~r
Approximant w j

Vowels given are /a i u/.[4]


  1. ^ Ngarigo at Ethnologue (19th ed., 2016)
    Jaitmathang at Ethnologue (19th ed., 2016)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Southern Inland Yuin". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ a b S46 Ngarigo at the Australian Indigenous Languages Database, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
  4. ^ Koch, Harold (2016). Documentary sources on the Ngarigu language: the value of a single recording.