‘The Warlpiri language is spoken by about 3,000 of the Warlpiri people in Australia’s Northern Territory. It is one of the Ngarrkic languages of the large Pama–Nyungan family, and is one of the largest Aboriginal languages in Australia in terms of number of speakers.’ Wikipedia 2018
Warlpiri is traditionally located in the Northern Territory region of Australia. However, Warlpiri can be heard in the Goldfields region as people have married into or migrated into the Goldfields region.
‘The main language group in the Ngarrkic family. Warlpiri covers a relatively extensive area to the northwest of Alice Springs. The main Warlpiri speaking communities are Yuendumu (Yurntumu), Lajamanu, Nyirrpi and Willowra (Wirliyajarrayi), with speakers also in Tennant Creek, Katherine, Alekarenge, Ti Tree and Alice Springs. There are around 3000 speakers of Warlpiri as a first language with many speakers of Warlpiri as a second or third language as well. Within the Warlpiri language group there are a number of mutually intelligible dialects with differences evident in pronunciation and vocabulary (Laughren et al 1996).’ (Central Land Council 2018)
Resources available in Warlpiri
Videos about and in Warlpiri language:
Warlpiri Alphabet Poster
The Warlpiri alphabet poster is available at GALC in a beautiful, rip-proof poster suitable for the classroom, a child’s bedroom or the wall.
A free download of the poster is available here.
To purchase the Warlpiri alphabet poster, contact GALC on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (08) 9021 3788. Cost is $40 per poster.
The Goldfields Aboriginal Languages Centre's role is the recording, linguistic analysis and creation of preservation documents such as dictionaries and grammars, for the languages of the Goldfields region of WA.