The Narungga language is historically associated with the Yorke Peninsula of South Australia. It shares similarities with the Kaurna and Nukunu languages which are spoken nearby. Today Narungga people live in places on the Yorke Peninsula such as Port Victoria, Point Pierce, Maitland, Moonta, Kadina, and Wallaroo, as well as in Adelaide and across South Australia more generally.

The Narungga language is in revival thanks to the work of Narungga people in collaboration with linguists. For example, 'Guungagu Nharangga Warra', a children’s Narungga dictionary, was published by the Narungga Aboriginal Progress Association in 2006. Since then, in 2010, another publication entitled 'Nharangga Wanggadja: Narungga Speaking' was written by Tania Wanganeen for the Narungga Aboriginal Progress Association. 

AIATSIS id : L.01

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Adjabdurah, Adjadura, Adjahdurah, Adjahdural, Moor-in-nunjie, Murinandji, Nanunga, Naranga, Narangga, Narangga, Narranga, Narrangga, Narranggu, Narrang-gu, Narrangu, Narrang-u, Narrunga, Narunga, Nharangka, Turra, Wallaroo tribe.

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Reclamation and reinstatement of Narungga language 2005-2006

The purpose of this project was to extend the available resources for community learning of the Narungga language.

Narungga Language Development Projects 2006-2009

During this period several projects were undertaken aiming to support the use of the Narungga language.

Narungga Language Development and Studies Resources 2009-2011

Development of resources, training of community members and partnerships with agencies aimed to foster the revival of Narungga language.

DECS Teacher Training 2009

The Department of Environment and Community Services has been engaging in the rraining of language teachers for Narungga.

Language Contact

Narungga Aboriginal Progress Association
18 Caroline St, Maitland SA 5573
(08) 8832 3047

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The above map is based upon the Horton Indigenous Map of Australia © Aboriginal Studies Press, AIATSIS, and Auslig/Sinclair, Knight, Merz, 1996. The full map is available on the AIATSIS website. The locations of the languages of SA, as stated on the this website are not intended for Land Claim use, and are an approximate guide only. Individual language project locations are based on information from publicly available MILR (ILS) documents.