Warlpiri is part of the Yapa/Ngarrkic group of Pama-Nyungan languages.
About 3,000 people out of a total population of 5,000 speak Warlpiri. Most
also speak English, and many speak other aboriginal languages, such as Arrernte,
Jaru and Warumungu, as well. The traditional land of the Warlpiri is in the
Northern Territory of Australia to the north and west of Alice Springs, and
the largest settlement is Yuendumu.
Warlpiri is written with the Latin alphabet without any diacritical marks.
A spelling system for the language was first devised by Lothar Jagst during
the 1950s and has been revised slightly since then.
Sample text in Warlpiri
Kuja kalapalanyanu kajangka nyurruwiyi walyajarrarlu marripungu marda,
kala purungku pakarnunjunu, manu marda kala panturnunjunu kajangka.
Ngulajangkaji kalanyanu kangurnu. Ngampurrparluju ngulaji kalalu yawarra
wiri panturnu wanarrirla. Ngampurrpawangurlu ngulaju kalalu pakarnu purturlurla
kurdunyanurluju, manu marda kajanyanurlu kalalu pakarnu purturlurla
kuturukurlurlu. Ngulangka kalaunyanu walykayirrarnu, Nyanungujarrarlu
yangka kijijirli ngulaji kalapalanyanu jurru pakarnu, manu marda kala
purturlu pajurnu junmangku, manu wanarri kala panturnu.
When two of our ancestors long ago wanted something, one of them perhaps
would go and steal it by hitting the other, or maybe he would go and spear him.
After that he would turn himself in. If they so desired, then they would wound
him severely by spearing him in the thigh. But if they did not so desire, then
the nephews (of offended party) would hit him on the back, or perhaps the sons
(of the offended party) would hit him on the back with a club. That's how they
used to appease themselves. Two of the close kin, they would hit each other on
the head, or maybe one would cut him with a knife, or spear his thigh.