Wanman language

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RegionWestern Australia
EthnicityWanman people
Native speakers
3 (2016 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3wbt

Wanman (Warnman) is a possibly extinct Australian Aboriginal language, of the Wati branch of the Pama–Nyungan family. It was spoken near Jigalong in Western Australia by the Wanman people (Warman), who are a subgroup of Martu people (Mardu).

Antakarinya might be closer to Wanman than it is to the Western Desert Language.


Consonant inventory [4]

Bilabial Alveolar Retroflex Palatal Velar
Stop p t ʈ c k
Nasal m n ɳ ɲ ŋ
Lateral l ɭ ʎ
Trill r
Approximant w ɻ j

Vowel inventory [4]

Front Central Back
High I, i: u, u:
Low a, a:


  1. ^ "Census 2016, Language spoken at home by Sex (SA2+)". stat.data.abs.gov.au. Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 2017-10-29.
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Wanman". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ A62 Wanman at the Australian Indigenous Languages Database, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
  4. ^ a b O'Grady, Geoffrey N.; Voegelin, C. F.; Voegelin, F. M. (1966). "Languages of the World: Indo-Pacific fascicle 6". Anthropological Linguistics. 8 (2): 1–199.