Flinders Island language

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Flinders Island
RegionFlinders Island, Queensland
EthnicityAba Yalgayi
Extinctca. 2000
Language codes
ISO 639-3fln

Flinders Island is an extinct Australian aboriginal language spoken off the coast of Queensland, Australia. It's unconfirmed as a distinct language. The inhabitants of the island were the Aba Yalgayi.[3]

One of the last known speakers of the language was Johnny Flinders.[4]


The name Biyalgeyi have been used, but there is no evidence it refers to a language. Yalgawarra is a clan name.[3]



  1. ^ Bowern, Claire. 2011. "How Many Languages Were Spoken in Australia?", Anggarrgoon: Australian languages on the web, 23 December 2011 (corrected 6 February 2012)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Flinders Island". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ a b c Y67 Flinders Island at the Australian Indigenous Languages Database, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
  4. ^ Langton 2012, p. 179.