Before European colonisation, Indigenous Australians spoke an estimated 700 dialects. These languages are as different and distinct from each other as English is to Russian and Chinese. Many of these languages are no longer used or are under threat of disappearing.
It is estimated that there are only 20 to 50 languages still described as ‘healthy’ - that is, they are spoken to and used by children.
Anangu mainly speak Pitjantjatjara (pronounced as pit-jan-jah-jarra) and Yankunytjatjara (pronounced as yan-kun-ja-jarra) - but some speak up to six different Aboriginal languages.
No literal translation of Uluru.
It's a name like Sydney, Paris or Rome.
||Arn-ung-oo||Aboriginal people of Western Desert
||creation time, law, way of life, story|