A language of Australia

Alternate Names
Badonjunga, Bardojunga, Marlpa, Ngadju, Ngadjumaja, Ngadjumaya, Ngadjunmaia, Ngajumaya, Ngatju, Ngatjumay, Tchaakalaaga

No known L1 speakers. Probably recently extinct (Wurm 2007); last known speakers probably survived into the first decade of the 2000s.


Western Australia state: Eyre’s Sand Patch, Goddard creek to Fraser range, Naretha, Point Culver, and Port Malcolm; Balladonia, Mount Andres, Norseman, and Russell range.

Language Status

9 (Dormant).


None known. Related to Kalarko [kba].

Language Development

Dictionary. Grammar. Texts. In 2012–2013, a research fellow from AIATSIS worked with Ngajumaya speakers and community members to develop language documentation material and assist with developing language learning programs for young people.

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