Martu Wangka

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A language of Australia

Alternate Names
Jigalong, Mardo, Mardujara, Martuwangka, Targoodi, Targudi
Autonym
Martu Wangka
Population

1,080 (2016 census). 720 Martu Wangka, 21 Kartujarra, 310 Manyjilyjarra, 10 Wangkajunga, 16 Yulparitja (2016 census).

Location

Western Australia state: Jigalong area, Lake Disappointment west side, Great Sandy Desert.

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Language Status

5* (Developing).

Dialects

Manyjilyjara (Manjiljarra, Mantjiltjara, Manyjilyjarra), Kartujarra (Gagudjara, Gardudjara, Kadaddjara, Kardutjara, Kardutjarra, Kartutjara, Kiadjara), Puditara (Budidjara, Putijarra, Putujara), Yulparitja (Yilparitja, Yulbaridja, Yulboridja, Yulparija), Wangkajunga (Wangkajungka, Wangkajunka). Manyjilyjara and Kartujarra are 2 ethnic groups speaking almost identical dialects. High inherent intelligibility between Yulparitja and Wangkajunga dialects. Puditara dialect is extinct.

Language Use

Also use Kriol [rop], Kukatja [kux], Walmajarri [wmt]. Used as L2 by Kukatja [kux].

Language Development

Dictionary. Grammar. Texts. Bible portions: 1981–1999.

Writing

Latin script [Latn].

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