Kartu languages


Kartu languages

Infobox Language family
name=Kartu
altname=Kardu
region=Western Australia
familycolor=Australian
fam1=Pama-Nyungan
fam2=South-West
The Kartu languages is the name given by linguists to a group of Indigenous Australian languages spoken in the Murchison and Gascoyne regions of Western Australia which are thought to be closely related and to descend from a relatively recent common ancestor.

The languages usually considered to be members of the Kartu group are:

* Badimaya
* Wajarri
* Nhanda
* Malgana
* Yinggarda

The name "kartu" comes from the word for 'man' in one of the languages. In some earlier work the word was spelled 'kardu'.

The Kartu group is a member of the South-West branch of the Pama-Nyungan family.

External links

* [http://coombs.anu.edu.au/WWWVLPages/AborigPages/LANG/WA/section3.htm#3.5 "Handbook of WA Aboriginal Languages south of the Kimberley" -- family tree]


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