Dayi

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A language of Australia

Alternate Names
Dha’i, Dhay’yi
Population

170 (2006 census). No monolinguals. 53 Dhalwangu, 115 Dayi speakers (2006 census).

Location

Northern Territory, Arnhem Land, Roper river, Yirrkala, Lake Evella, Galiwinku, Numbulwam.

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Language Status

7 (Shifting).

Dialects

Dhalwangu, Djarrwark.

Language Use

Vitality adversely affected by the scattering of children, who now speak other languages (2007). Also use Djambarrpuyngu [djr], Gumatj [gnn], Dhuwal [duj]. All remaining speakers are bilingual in English [eng] (Wurm 2007).