Wik Mungkan language

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Native to Australia
Region Cape York Peninsula, Queensland
Native speakers
1,050  (2006 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 wim
Glottolog wikm1247[2]

Wik-Mungkan, OR Wik-Mungknh, is a Paman language spoken on the northern part of Cape York Peninsula of Queensland, Australia, by the Wik-Mungknh people.

Dixon thought there was a Wik-Iiyanh dialect, but it turned out to be the same as the Wik-Iiyanh dialect of Kugu Nganhcara.[1]

The English language has borrowed at least one word from Wik-Mungknh, that for the taipan, a species of venomous snake native to the region.[3]

A dictionary of Wik-Mungknh has been compiled by Christine Kilham.[4]


  1. ^ a b c Wik-Mungkan at the Australian Indigenous Languages Database, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Wik-Mungkan". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ Sutton, Peter (1995). Wik-Ngathan Dictionary. 
  4. ^ Kilham, Christine (1986). Dictionary and sourcebook of the Wik-Mungkan language.