Mawng Dictionary
Available September 1
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Mawng Dictionary

Mawng is a language of western Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory of Australia

‘Mawng is a treasured part of our traditional knowledge that we hold onto’ Rosemary Urabadi. Nancy Ngalmindjalmang, Rosemary Urabadi and Sandra Makurlngu are from Warruwi, Goulburn Island. In this video story, they are speaking Mawng.

Mawng is a language of western Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory of Australia. It is the main language of Warruwi community and is spoken by about 400 people of all generations. 

The Mawng Dictionary is the most comprehensive ever published. It contains information about plants and animals, cultural practices, place names and kinship terms, including tri-relational kunteypi terms.

Mawng Dictionary was Compiled by Ruth Singer, Nita Garidjalalug, Rosemary Urabadi, Heather Hewett, Peggy Mirwuma, Philip Ambidjambidj and Anne Fabricius. Published by Aboriginal Studies Press.

Indigenous Literacy Day is proudly presented by the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, a charity with a vision of equity of opportunity for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children living in remote Australia.


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