Link to a language map of the Maningrida region

  • Ndjébbana is the language of the country where Maningrida settlement is located. It is one of the Maningridan group of languages.
  • The Maningridan group also includes Gu‑jingarliya (Burarra/Gun‑nartpa). The Gu-jingarliya language has a number of varieties: Gun‑narda, Gun-narta (coastal Blyth River region) and Gun‑nartpa (inland Cadell River region). People also refer to Marawaraba Burarra and another eastern variety Maringa Burarra. Maringa is the variety of Burarra spoken by Yan-nhangu people.
  • Na‑kara language is related to Ndjébbana. This is the language of country along the coast, to the east of Maningrida
  • Gurr-goni language is from the Tomkinson River area, to the south-east of Maningrida. It is related to Gun‑nartpa.
  • Yolngu languages: Djinaŋ/Wurlaki, also a few speakers of Ganalpiŋu, Gupapuyŋu, Djambarrpuyŋu and Yan-nhaŋu
  • Bininj Kunwok dialects: Kune, spoken at the outstations Buluhkardaru, Bolkdjam and Korlobidahdah, and Kuninjku, spoken in the Mumeka/Marrkolidjban district
  • Other languages: Rembarrnga, Mawng and Kunbarlang. These are languages associated with country to the south and west of Maningrida. Rembarrnga speakers are associated with the south and many speak Kune. Kunbarlang is from the western bank of the Liverpool River, and Mawng is mainly spoken at Goulburn Island.

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