Garawan languages

Garawan languages

Northern Territory and Queensland
Linguistic classification: Macro-Pama–Nyungan?
  • Greater Pama–Nyungan?
    • Garawan
Glottolog: garr1260[1]
Garawan and Tangkic (green). Garawan is the group inland.

The Garawan languages (Garrwan), or Yanyi, are a small language family of Australian Aboriginal languages once spoken in northern Australia.

The languages are:

Gunindiri is almost entirely unknown.[2]

Garawan may be related to the Pama–Nyungan languages, though this is not accepted in Bowern 2011.[3] The languages are close: Dixon (2002) says that it should be straightforward to reconstruct proto-Garawa–Wanji.


  1. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Garawan". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  2. ^ Gunindiri at the Australian Indigenous Languages Database, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
  3. ^ Bowern, Claire. 2011. "How Many Languages Were Spoken in Australia?", Anggarrgoon: Australian languages on the web, December 23, 2011 (corrected February 6, 2012)