(many other names; see below) is a moribund Australian Aboriginal language
. It is the traditional language of the Adnyamathanha people
The name of the witchetty grub
comes from Adnyamathanha.
This language has been known by many names and variants of names, including:
- Adnyamathanha, Adynyamathanha, Adjnjamathanha, , Adnjamathanha, Adnyamathana, Anyamathana, Ad'n'amadana, Anjimatana, Anjiwatana, Unyamootha
- Wailpi, Wailbi, Waljbi, Wipie, the name of a dialect
- Gadjnjamada, Kanjimata, Keydnjmarda
R. M. W. Dixon
classifies Adnyamathanha and Guyani
as a single language, Adjnjamathanha/Guyani
treats them as separate, and so they each have their own ISO 639-3
may be an allophone of .
While the closely related Guyani
retains word-initial stops, Adnyamathanha has undergone systematic lenition
of stops in this position. Former has become , former and probably also have become , and former has disappeared entirely.
Adnyamathanha has a complex system of personal pronouns
. There are 10 different ways of saying ‘you and me’ (first person dual
), depending on the relationship between the speaker and the person addressed.