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

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Kalaw Kawaw.

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

Also use Torres Strait Creole [tcs], especially those younger than 30 when outside the language area.

Language Development
Dictionary. NT: 1994.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

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