|Region||Cape York Peninsula, Queensland|
|Yir Yoront Sign Language|
Yir-Yoront was a Paman language spoken in two settlements, Kowanyama and Pormpuraaw on the southwestern part of the Cape York Peninsula, Queensland in Australia, by the Yir-Yoront people. In 1991 only 15 speakers remained, with the rest of the Yir-Yoront people speaking English or even Kuuk Thaayorre as many speakers of Yir-Yoront apparently are using Kuuk Thaayorre in daily conversation. At present it is thought to be extinct. There are two sister dialects, Yir-Yoront proper and Yirrk-Thangalkl, which are very close. The shared name Yir is sometimes used for both taken together.
Yir-Yoront is written hyphenated as a way of indicating that the syllable following the hyphen is stressed. In the standard orthography, it is correctly spelled Yirr-Yorront, with "rr" representing the consonant /r/. There is a valid alternative pronunciation with stress on the first syllable; this can be written YirrqYorront. Other spellings encountered include Yir Yoront and Jir Joront.
Other names for the language include:
The following description is for Yir-Yoront proper. For another dialect, see Yirrk-Thangalkl dialect.
Yir-Yoront has 6 vowels:
Yir-Yoront has 20 consonants:
|Nasal||m /m/||ng /ŋ/||ny /ɲ/||nh /n̪/||n /n/||rn /ɳ /|
|Plosive||p /p/||k /k/||ch /c/||th /t̪/||t /t/||rt /ʈ /||q /ʔ/|
|Approximant||w /w/||y /j/||lh /l̪/||l /l/||rl /ɭ /|
The Yir Yoront have (or had) a well-developed signed form of their language. It may have had some influence in the broader Far North Queensland Indigenous Sign Language, though it may have gone extinct too early for that.