Bardi

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A language of Australia

Alternate Names
Baadi, Baardi, Badi, Bard
Population

160 (2006 census), decreasing.

Location

Western Australia, Western Kimberley region, One Arm Point Aboriginal community, Lombadina Aboriginal community, Broome, Derby.

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Language Status

8a (Moribund).

Dialects

Bardi, Jawi. Intelligibility adequate between Bardi and Jawi dialects. Related to Nyikina [nyh], Warrwa [wwr], Djawi [djw], Nimanbur [nmp], Nyulnyul [nyv], Dyaberdyaber [dyb], Dyugun [dyd], and Yawuru [ywr].

Language Use

Many in the younger generation understand Bardi but do not speak it (2007). Mainly older adults. Bilingual in English [eng], the L1 for the younger generation. Also use Kriol [rop] (Wurm 2007).

Language Development
Believe English or Bardi should be written, not Kriol. Government program in primary school. Dictionary. Grammar.
Other Comments

Christian.