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: Borroloola on Macarthur river east bank near Queensland state border, toward 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].

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