Pitjantjatjara language


Pitjantjatjara (Aboriginal pronunciation: [ˈb̥ɪɟanɟaɟaɾa] or [ˈb̥ɪɟanɟaɾa]) is one of the Western Desert languages of Australia. It is often considered a dialect. It is spoken by the Pitjantjatjara people of central Australia. It is mutually intelligible with other languages of the Western Desert and is very closely related to the Yankunytjatjara language.

Native toAustralia
RegionNorthwest South Australia, Pitjantjatjara freehold lands, Yalata; southwest corner, Northern Territory; also in Western Australia.
Native speakers
3,125 (2016 census)[1]
80% monolingual (no date)
Language codes
ISO 639-3pjt
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The name of the people comes from their word for coming/going: pitjantja.


  1. ABS. "Census 2016, Language spoken at home by Sex (SA2+)". stat.data.abs.gov.au. Retrieved 2017-10-30.
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Pitjantjatjara". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. Pitjantjatjara at the Australian Indigenous Languages Database, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

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