Kala Lagaw Ya

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A language of Australia

Alternate Names
Central Torres Strait, Kala Lagau Langgus, Kala Lagaw, Kala Yagaw Ya, Langus, Mabuiag, Yagar Yagar
Population

1,210 (2006 census).

Location

Queensland, Western Torres Strait islands, Mabuiag, Badu, Moa, Kubin, Saibai, Boigu, Dauan, Yam, Sue, Yorke, Coconut, Thursday, Bamaga Islands; Townsville, Brisbane.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Kalaw Kawaw.

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

Outside the language area those younger than 30 are likely to speak Torres Strait Creole [tcs].

Language Development
Dictionary. NT: 1994.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].