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Encyclopedia > Yankunytjatjara
Spoken in: South Australia
Total speakers: 200–300
Language family: Australian
Language codes
ISO 639-1: none
ISO 639-2: aus
ISO/FDIS 639-3: kdd 

Yankunytjatjara (also Yankuntatjara, Jangkundjara, Kulpantja) is an Australian Aboriginal language. It is one of the Wati languages of the large South-West branch of the Pama-Nyungan family. It is one of the varieties of the Western Desert Language. Emblems: Hairy Nosed Wombat (faunal); Leafy Seadragon (marine); Piping Shrike (bird: unofficial); Sturts Desert Pea (floral); Opal (gemstone) Motto: United for the Common Wealth Slogan or Nickname: Festival State Other Australian states and territories Capital Adelaide Government Const. ... Current distribution of Human Language Families Most languages are known to belong to language families. ... The Pama-Nyungan languages are the most widespread family of Australian languages. ... ISO 639-1 is the first part of the ISO 639 international-standard language-code family. ... ISO 639-2:1998 Codes for the representation of names of languages — Part 2: Alpha-3 code Twenty-two of the languages have two three-letter codes: a code for bibliographic use (ISO 639-2/B) a code for terminological use (ISO 639-2/T). ... ISO 639-3 is in process of development as an international standard for language codes. ... The International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) is a system of phonetic notation devised by linguists to accurately and uniquely represent each of the wide variety of sounds (phones or phonemes) used in spoken human language. ... Phonetics (from the Greek word φωνή, phone = sound/voice) is the study of sounds (voice). ... Because of technical limitations, some web browsers may not display some special characters in this article. ... This is a concise version of the International Phonetic Alphabet for English sounds. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... The Australian Aboriginal languages comprise several language families and isolates native to Australia and a few nearby islands, but by convention excluding Tasmania. ... The Pama-Nyungan languages are the most widespread family of Australian languages. ... Western Desert Language is the name used to refer to an otherwise un-named Australian Aboriginal language. ...

External links

  • Ethnologue report for language code:kdd

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Fregon Community (464 words)
They had close cultural ties with their neighbours, the Yankunytjatjara to the east and the Ngaatjatjara to the west.
The first foreign intrusion into the Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands and world view occurred in 1873 with the expeditions of William Gosse and Ernest Giles who were seeking a route for the Overland Telegraph Line to the west coast of the continent.
Pastoral leases were granted for areas to the east, in Yankunytjatjara country, but the proclamation of the North-West Aboriginal Reserve, an area of 56 721 square kilometres, in 1921, provided some protection for the lands and people in the Pitjantjatjara area.
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The terms of Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara are the names of the two closely related (south-eastern) dialects of the Western Desert Language.
The number of Pitjantjatjara speakers is estimated at around 1,600, and the number of Yankunytjatjara speakers at 200 to 300.
For Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara people, the rich oral storytelling tradition plays an outstanding role in their socio-cultural life and, is intrinsically linked to the culture's religious and mythological worldview and totemic social organization.
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