Indigenous languages in NT
More than 100 Aboriginal languages and dialects are spoken in the Northern Territory (NT).
Aboriginal languages of the NT vary greatly in their grammatical structures, concepts and vocabulary.
Most widely spoken Aboriginal languages in NT
East Side/West Side Kriol
Katherine, Tennant Creek, Alice Springs
Eastern/Central Arrernte, Western Arrarnta+
Alice Springs, Tennant Creek
* Western Desert family
Languages by community
Tiwi (Modern and Traditional)
|West Arnhem region|
|East Arnhem region|
Angurugu (Groote Eylandt)
|Victoria Daly region|
Gurindji, Westside Kriol
|Roper Gulf region|
Warlpiri, Wumpurrarni English*
|Central Desert region|
Eastern/Central Arrernte, Western Arrarnta
This information is not intended to be exhaustive of all languages and dialects spoken in the Territory. The NT is one of the most linguistically diverse areas of the world.
For comprehensive information about Aboriginal languages of the NT go to the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies website.
Last updated: 20 June 2018