Welcome to the languages of the Gascoyne region, Western Australia

This blog site provides resources on the Aboriginal languages spoken in region from the Wooramel and Gascoyne Rivers to the Ashburton River in the north-west of Western Australia. The information on these pages was developed by Peter K. Austin (SOAS University of London, and Oxford University) and Alan Dench (Curtin University), in consultation with members of the various local communities.

The groups who traditionally occupied this region are Yinggarda, Bayungu, Thalanyji, Burduna, Binigura, Tharrgari, Thiin, Warriyangga, and Jiwarli. We are gradually adding information on all of them, starting with Yinggarda.

In the south of this region around Shark Bay and inland, the Wajarri, Malgana, Badimaya and Nhanda languages are spoken — for information about them visit Irra Wangga Language Program.

You can find general information about spelling and culture and society that applies to all the groups and languages of the region.