Martu Wangka

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A language of Australia

Alternate Names
Mardo, Targudi
Population

880 (2006 census). 650 Martu Wangka, 25 Kartujarra, 170 Manyjilyjarra, 16 Wangkajunga, 21 Yulparija (2006 census).

Location

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

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Manyjilyjara (Mantjiltjara, Manyjilyjarra), Kartujarra (Gagudjara, Gardudjara, Kadaddjara, Kardutjara, Kardutjarra, Kartutjara, Kiadjara), Puditara (Budidjara, Putujara), Yulparitja (Yilparitja, Yulbaridja, 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. Bible portions: 1981–1999.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

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