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Jawoyn Cultural Texts, Dictionary and Grammar (southern Arnhem Land)


Language Jawoyn
Depositor Francesca Merlan
Affiliation Australian National University
Location Australia
Collection ID 0227
Grant ID MDP0002
Funding Body
Collection Status Collection online
Landing Page Handle


Summary of the collection

Jawoyn (Djauan, ISO-639: djn) is an endangered Gunwinyguan language spoken in northern Australia. It has only three remaining speakers.

This collection consists of an extensive corpus of material on Jawoyn. There will be texts, a draft dictionary, and portions of a basic, comprehensive grammar which may initially focus on specific phonetic, phonological and morphological problems.

This collection adds to the corpus of materials available for typological and comparative work, and undoubtedly allow advances in plausible reconstruction among some of the evidently closely related Gunwinyguan languages. It is hoped that the materials made available can be used by other Australianists, as well as the community of people from which the information emanates.


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Language information

Jawoyn is an endangered Arnhem language with three remaining speakers living in northern Australia. The speech community has shifted to Kriol, English and Ngalkbun over time, which has caused the language to be nearly extinct. Alternate names: Djauan, Adowen, Jawan, Jawony, Kumertuo, Jawin, Chau-an, Tweinbol.


Other information

Corpus of materials on Jawoyn, an endangered Australian (Arnhem) language with three remaining speakers.


Acknowledgement and citation

To refer to any data from the collection, please cite as follows:

Merlan, Francesca. 2014. Jawoyn Cultural Texts, Dictionary and Grammar (southern Arnhem Land). Endangered Languages Archive. Handle: Accessed on [insert date here].

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