Ngawun language

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Native toAustralia
RegionCape York Peninsula, Queensland
EthnicityNgawun, Wanamara
Language codes
ISO 639-3Either:
nxn – Ngawun
wnn – Wunumara
Glottologngaw1240  Ngawun[1]
AIATSIS[2]G17 Ngawun, G16.1 Wunumura

Ngawun is an extinct Mayi language once spoken on the Cape York Peninsula of Queensland, Australia, by the Wunumara and Ngawun peoples. The last speaker of the language was Cherry O'Keefe (or Tjapun in the language) who died of pneumonia on 24 August 1977.[3]

The etymology of the name Ngawun is unknown.


  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Ngawun". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  2. ^ G17 Ngawun at the Australian Indigenous Languages Database, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies  (see the info box for additional links)
  3. ^ Breen, Gavan (1981). The Mayi languages of the Queensland Gulf Country. Canberra: AIAS. p. 13. ISBN 0-85575-124-X.