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Title: Bardi
Author: Claire Bowern
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Homepage: http://pantheon.yale.edu/~clb3
Institution: Yale University
Author: Joyce McDonough
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Institution: University of Rochester
Author: Katherine Kelliher
Institution: University of Rochester
Linguistic Field: Anthropological Linguistics
Subject Language: Bardi
Abstract: Bardi is the northernmost language of the Nyulnyulan family, a non-Pama-Nyungan family of the Western Kimberley region of northwestern Australia. Currently about five people speak the language fluently, but approximately 1,000 people identify as Bardi. The region was settled by Europeans in the 1880s and two missions were founded in Bardi country in the 1890s. Use of the language began declining in the 1930s. Many Bardi people were moved several times between 1940 and 1970, both to other missions dominated by speakers of other Indigenous languages and to local towns such as Derby. This community disruption accelerated the decline of language use in the community and first language acquisition. Bardi is the name of the language variety spoken at One Arm Point. There are two other named mutually intelligible varieties apart from Bardi: Baard and Jawi. The extent of dialect diversity within Bardi is unknown, but does not seem to have been particularly high compared to that between named varieties. The ISO-639 language code is [].

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