Mawng Ngaralk Language

Mawng is the common language spoken on Warruwi, an island also known as South Goulburn Island in the North West of Australia’s Arnhem Land. Around 400 people live on Warruwi. Mawng is the main language but people also speak Kun-barlang, Kunwinjku as well as Yolgnu-matha languages and some Torres Strait Creole and English.

In 2014 The Warruwi Language Centre was set up on Warruwi. In a little building near the school linguists worked with the school and community members to create a quiet space where recordings can be made and listened to. Community members are working with linguists to revive and create Mawng literacy materials for reading and writing in Mawng.


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