Landmark Warlpiri Dictionary puts living ancient language first

A living language, with over 3000 people speaking Warlpiri, this new dictionary ensures it will be spoken for future generations.
hands with red soil in Australia's desert country

Aboriginal Studies Press (ASP), the publishing arm of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), has announced the release of the Warlpiri Encyclopaedic Dictionary: Warlpiri Yimi-Kirli Manu Jaru-kurlu.

Warlpiri is spoken in and around what is known as the ‘Warlpiri Triangle’, an area that extends across the Northern Territory from Willowra to Nyirripi and Lajamanu in the Tanami Desert.

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