Maung (Gun-Marung)

Maung is a member of the Iwaidjan or Yiwaidjan language family. It is spoken in the Northern Territory of Australia, specifically on South Goulburn Island or Warruwi, part of the Goulburn Islands off the north coast of Arnhem Land. According to the 2016 census, about 370 people speak Maung, which is also known as Mawng Ngaralk, Gun-Marung, Gunmarung, Kunmarung, Mawng or Mawung.

Children are acquiring Maung at home, and it is also taught in some schools. A language centre was established on Warruwi / South Goulburn Island in 2014 where linguists and Maung speakers work together to study, record and document the language. They are also creating books to help people to read and write Maung there.

Maung alphabet and pronunciation

Maung alphabet and pronunciation

Download an alphabet chart for Maung (Excel)

Samples of spoken and sung Maung


Information about the Maung

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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