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Mawng language presented with illustrations, detailed entries and cultural and kinship information

The Mawng Dictionary is the most comprehensive dictionary of the Mawng language ever – new from Aboriginal Studies Press.

Mawng is a language of western Arnhem Land – the main language of the Warruwi community, spoken by all generations, and taught in school. It is associated with the islands Warruwi and Weyirra (North and South Goulburn islands), and with the area of the mainland near those islands. 

The Mawng Dictionary from Aboriginal Studies Press is the most comprehensive dictionary of the language ever published. It brings together knowledge of the Mawng people, their culture and their ancestors that was collected over 50 years. The dictionary includes an introduction to the language with explanations of the spelling system and kinship terms. It also includes around 300 illustrations, an English word finder, verb roots, and information about plants and animals, cultural practices and place names.

The dictionary was compiled by Ruth Singer, Nita Garidjalalug, Rosemary Urabadi, Heather Hewett, Peggy Mirwuma, Philip Ambidjambidj, and Anne Fabricius.


Last updated: 07 September 2021