Aboriginal English is one of several varieties of English spoken in Australia. It has slight regional variations including words from local traditional languages, and shares many grammatical features with other non-standard varieties in Australia. Aboriginal English is gaining acceptance as a fully functional variety of English, along with the many other regional and social varieties of English spoken around the world.
Varieties of Aboriginal English are spoken throughout Australia.
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).