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Pitjantjatjara
Native to Australia
Region Northwest South Australia, Pitjantjatjara freehold lands, Yalata; southwest corner, Northern Territory; also in Western Australia.
Native speakers 3,125  (2016 census)
80% monolingual (no date)
Language family
Pama–Nyungan
  • Wati
    • Western Desert
      • Pitjantjatjara
Writing system Latin
AIATSIS C6

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.

The name of the people comes from their word for coming/going: pitjantja.


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