Ngandi is a non-Pama Nyungan language spoken in eastern Arnhem Land, Northern Territory. Ngandi is classified belonging to the Gunwiynguan language family (Harvey, 2003:205).
Heath (in van Egmond, 2012:3) says that Anindilyakwa N151, Nunggubuyu N128 and Ngandi (N90) share a common ancestor. Van Egmond concurs with Heath, concluding that Enindhilyakwa N151 is genetically related to Wubuy N128 and Ngandi (N90) and is thus a member of the Gunwiynguan family (2012:315).
Baker's assessment of the complex non-past inflections in Ngandi (N90) and Nunggubuyu N128, and their closest cognates being found in Maningrida languages, suggests that their relationship with Gunwiynguan remains uncertain (2004:340).
... the core Ngandi area was along Rose River and fair distance from the coast and going north from there (Heath 1974:3). Around Rose River and northwards (Top End Handbook). Upper Wilton River; Mainoru River; east to near sources of the Rose River (Tindale 1974). There was no precise information on the limits of Ngandi associations in 2007. The general associations were to the Rose River and Phelps River drainages, other than the coast and 10-20km inland which were associated with Warndarrang. Wonmurri Waterhole was associated with Warndarrang (Harvey ASEDA 802).
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Ngukurr Language Centre has run intermittent Ngandi language programs at the Ngukurr Community Education Centre (2005 - 2007; 2017; 2019).
Ngukurr Language Centre https://ngukurrlc.org.au/
Speaker numbers were measured differently across the censuses and various other sources listed in AUSTLANG. You are encouraged to refer to the sources.
Speaker numbers for ‘NILS 2004’ and ‘2005 estimate’ come from 'Table F.3: Numbers of speakers of Australian Indigenous languages (various surveys)' in 'Appendix F NILS endangerment and absolute number results' in McConvell, Marmion and McNicol 2005, pages 198-230 (PDF, 2.5MB).
Heath, Jeffrey. 1974. Ngandi grammar, texts, and dictionary. Canberra: AIAS.