American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A large family of Australian aboriginal languages, spoken throughout Australia except in the extreme north, and including Pitjantjatjara and Warlpiri.
- pama, man (in northeast languages) + nyunga, man (in southwest languages). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Kala Lagaw Ya spoken in the west is an Australian Pama-Nyungan language, Meriam Mir spoken in the east, is Australia's only Papuan indigenous language.”
“Yolngu is used in Armhem Land both for Yolngu people ie speakers of Pama-Nyungan Yolngu languages and for Aboriginal people in general.”
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