There are over 250 known Aboriginal languages in South Australia from those, 44 languages fall within the realm of the Mobile Language Team. We stretch as far north as the Simpson Desert, as far west at the Nullabor, east out Mt Gambier and all the way to the tip of the Fleurie Peninsula. In 1996 Horton published a language map to illustrate the complexities and vastness of Aboriginal languages around Australia, this is known at the Horton Tindale Map (1996). We use this map throughout our website to illustrate approximate locations of language groups, it is by no means a definitive and comprehensive geographic expression of language country, bounds or limits.
Below is a list of all the language groups that are worked on by the Mobile Language Team.
Linguistically the languages the MLT works with are divided into 9 different groups. These groups are not definitive but help to categorise and organise the wide array of languages that are present within South Australia.
+ Western Desert
+ Thura Yura
+ Baakardji Group
+ West Kulinic