There are between 14 and 16 distinct Aboriginal languages in the Goldfields region of Western Australia. The work on recording, linguistically analysing and preserving these languages in dictionaries and grammar documents is still in the early stages. Once the work on each language has been undertaken, we will be able to say for sure how many languages there are or which languages are dialects of each other.
GALCAC has released a paper ‘Languages and Dialects of the Goldfields Region’, January 2018, by linguist Sue Hanson about the names of the languages of the region.
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Since 2011, linguistic work has been undertaken on: (click on the language name to go to the language info page)
Then in 2016, with an increase in funds from the Commonwealth Government, linguistic work began on the languages:
Several languages cross state borders. The languages that have been well documented in NT and SA and which are also found in the Goldfields WA are:
Other language names have arisen in historical documents and have been investigation with Goldfields speakers. These obsolete names and other language names that have arisen are detailed in the GALCAC paper ‘Historical Language Names of the Goldfields Region, Western Australia: A preliminary investigation’.