Ngayawang is a Murray River language that lies at the bend in the river around Morgan.
It lies north of the closely related language / dialect Ngangaruku and west of the other Murray River languages Ngawait, Yirawirung and Ngintait. 

AIATSIS id : S.07


Aiawong (the language name recorded by Eyre, who missed the initial ng sound), Aiawung, Ajawung, Birta (Kaurna and Ngadjuri term), Iawung, Karn-brikolenbola (group at Moorundee), Meru (term for ‘man’), Moorunde, Moo-rundee, Moorundie, Murundi (term used for the Murray River, upriver from Lake Alexandrina in the yaraldi / Jarildekald language, also a given place name south of Blanchetown), Naiawu (language name), Ngaiawang, Ngaiawung, Ngaijawa, Ngaiwung, Ngaiyau, Ngaiyawa, Ngaiyau, Nganjan, Ngayawangga, Ngayawung (used by AIATSIS), Nggauaiyo-wa, Nggauaiyo-wangko, Niawoo, Paruru (a derogatory term meaning 'uncircumcised' used by the Kaurna group for Murray River people), Peeita, Pieta, Pijita, Pitta, Wakanuwan (name applied by the Jarildekald for these, Nganguruku, and other groups; they called the language Walkalde).

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Investigating Ngayawang sources

In 2009, staff at Glossop Area School began initial investigations into the Ngayawang language and old source materials.

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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.