Warluwarra language

Region Queensland
Extinct by 2009 (3 cited in 1981)
  • Warluwara
  • Kapula
  • Parnkarra
Warluwara Sign Language
Language codes
ISO 639-3 wrb
Glottolog warl1256[1]

Warluwarra is an extinct Australian Aboriginal language of Queensland.


R. M. W. Dixon (2002) places Warluwara in the Southern Ngarna subgroup, along with Wagaya, Yindjilandji, and Bularnu. This is in turn related to Yanyuwa.


The Warluwara had a developed signed form of their language.[3]


  1. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Warluwara". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  2. Warluwarra at the Australian Indigenous Languages Database, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
  3. Kendon, A. (1988) Sign Languages of Aboriginal Australia: Cultural, Semiotic and Communicative Perspectives. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Breen, J. G. (1971). A description of the Warluwara language. MA thesis, Monash University. 
  • Dixon, R. M. W. (2002). Australian Languages: Their Nature and Development. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 
  • Roth, Walter E. (1897). The expression of ideas by manual signs: a sign-language. (p. 273–301) Reprinted from Roth, W.E. Ethnological studies among the North-West-Central Queensland Aborigines. London, Queensland Agent-Generals Information Office, 1897; 71–90; Information collected from the following tribes; Pitta-Pitta, Boinji, Ulaolinya, Wonkajera, Walookera [= Warluwarra], Undekerebina, Kalkadoon, Mitakoodi, Woonamurra, Goa. Reprinted (1978) in Aboriginal sign languages of the Americas and Australia. New York: Plenum Press, vol. 2.
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