The Mantharta languages are a group of four Aboriginal languages traditionally spoken in the north-west of Western Australia. They are Jiwarli W28, Thiin W25, Warriyangka W22 and Tharrkari W21. The languages are closely related genetically, although they show some interesting structural and lexical differences (2015:5).
Warriyangka (W22) is a Pama Nyungan language of the Mantharta group, along with Jiwarli W28, Thiin W25 and Tharrkari W21 (Austin, 1991:20). Austin (1992) says there appears to have been a sub-group of Warriyangga (W22) speakers called Malygaru (Tindale's Malgaru). Wadiwangga A39.1 refers to the same language and is no longer included in the Languages Thesaurus.
Austin, Peter. 2015. A Reference Grammar of the Mantharta Languages, Western Australia. Draft version 3.7. Unpublished MS.
Upper Lyons River, also Gifford and Minnie creeks; on Minnie Creek Station, at Edmund and the eastern side of Maroonah (Tindale 1974). Malgaru: East of Kennedy Range and in the hills east of Lyons River from Gascoyne Junction north to near Minnie Creek; at Eudamullah; south to near Fossil Hill (Tindale 1974). Warriyangka country was from Edmund south along the Lyons River, not nearly as far north as Davis (1993) indicates (Austin in Sutton 1995:97).
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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).
Austin, Peter. 1987 A reference grammar of the Mantharta languages, Western Australia, ms.
Austin, Peter 1992. A Dictionary of Warriyangga Western Australia. Bundoora: La Trobe University.