Garrwa

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A language of Australia

Alternate Names
Gaarwa, Garawa, Garrawa, Grawa, Karawa, Kariwa, Karrawar, Karrwa, Korrawa, Kurrawar, Leearawa, Leearrawa, Wollongorang, Wulungwara
Population

59 (Mushin 2012).

Location

Northern Territory, eastern bank of Macarthur river at Borroloola near Queensland border, towards Doomadgee and Nicolson river.

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Language Status

7 (Shifting).

Dialects

Gunindirri. Lexical similarity: 66% with Wanyi [wny], 28% with Yanyuwa [jao], 25% with Gudanji [nji], 17% with Wambaya [wmb], 4% with Ganggalida [gcd].

Language Use

Children have not been learning the language since 1980s (Mushin 2012). Over 50 years of age. Also use Kriol [rop]. Used as L2 by Yanyuwa [jao].

Language Development
Dictionary. Grammar. Bible portions: 1983–1991.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Intermarry with Yanyuwa [jao].