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Wagaydyic languages

Daly River
Linguistic classificationNorthern Daly ?
wadj1254  (covered by Wadjiginy)[1]

Wagaydyic is a pair of closely related but otherwise unclassified Australian Aboriginal languages: the moribund Wadjiginy (Wagaydy) and the extinct Kandjerramalh (Pungupungu).

Tryon (1987) notes that the two languages are 80% cognate, but there are serious grammatical differences that prevent them from being considered dialects of a single language.[2]

The unattested Giyug may have been related. The Wagaydyic languages have previously been classified with Malak-Malak into a Northern Daly family, but similarities appear to be due to lexical and morphological borrowing from Malak-Malak, at least in Wadjiginy.

See also


  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Wadjiginy". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  2. ^ N11 Pungupungu at the Australian Indigenous Languages Database, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies