Anindilyakwa is a Pama-Nyungan language spoken by the Warnindilyakwa people in the Groote Eylandt Archipelago in the Northern Territory of Australia, specifically on Groote Eylandt and Bickerton Islands in the in the Gulf of Carpentaria. According to the 2016 census, there are 1,480 speakers of Anindilyakwa, although there are believed to be up to 3000.

Anindilyakwa is thought to be related to Nunggubuyu, an Arnhem language spoken on the nearby mainland, however this connection is uncertain. Anindilyakwa is also known as Andiljangwa, Andilyaugwa, Aninhdhilyagwa, Enindhilyagwa, Enindiljaugwa, Groote Eylandt, Ingura or Wanindilyaugwa.

The Groote Eylandt Language Centre works to maintain and preserve the Anindilyakwa language and culture. They produce books, teaching materials, recordings and other material.

Anindilyakwa alphabet and pronunciation

Anindilyakwa alphabet and pronunciation

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Sample text

Mema mamawurra
Ngumanekburrakama God
Narriyekiyerra, Akuwerikilyelyingmajungwuna


This day
Made by God
We will rejoice and be glad in it
This is the day made by God
We will rejoice in it


Sample videos in Anindilyakwa

Information about Anindilyakwa | Numbers | Tower of Babel


Information about Anindilyakwa

Arnhem languages

Anindilyakwa, Bininj Kunwok, Burarra, Nunggubuyu

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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