|Region||Barkly Tableland, Northern Territory|
|Ethnicity||Binbinga Indigenous Australians|
|20 (2005) to 88 (2006 census)|
wmb – Wambaya
nji – Gudanji
Wambaya is a Non-Pama-Nyungan West Barkly Australian language of the Mirndi language group that is spoken in the Barkly Tableland of the Northern Territory, Australia. Wambaya and the other members of the West Barkly languages are somewhat unusual in that they are suffixing languages, unlike most Non-Pama-Nyungan languages which are prefixing.
The language was reported to have 12 speakers in 1981, and some reports indicate that the language went extinct as a first language. However, in the 2011 Australian census 56 people stated that they speak Wambaya at home. That number increased to 89 by 2013 (http://www.ethnologue.com/language/wmb).
Nordlinger believes that Wambaya, Gudanji and Binbinka are dialects of one language.
- Wambaya at the Australian Indigenous Languages Database, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (see the info box for additional links)
- Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Gudanji–Binbinga–Wambaya". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
- Nordlinger, Rachel. (1998), A Grammar Of Wambaya, Northern Territory (Australia), p. 1.
- Bender, Emily M. (2008), Evaluating a Crosslinguistic Grammar Resource: A Case Study of Wambaya, p. 2
- Nordlinger, Rachel. (1998), A Grammar Of Wambaya, Northern Territory (Australia), p. 3.
- Bibliography of Binbinga people and language resources, at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
- Bibliography of Gudanji people and language resources, at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
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