Marrithiyel Language
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Marrithiyel Language

Native toAustralia
RegionDaly River
EthnicityMarrithiyal people, Marimanindji, Maridan, Mariamo, Maridjabin, Marijedi
Native speakers
15 (2016 census)[1]
Western Daly
  • Marrithiyel
  • Marri Ammu
  • Marritjevin
  • Marridan
  • Marramanindjdji
  • Marrithiyel
Language codes
mfr - Marrithiyel
xru - Marriammu
zmj - Maridjabin
zmd - Maridan
zmm - Marimanindji
zmy - Mariyedi

Marrithiyel (Marithiel, also Maridhiel, Maridhiyel), also known as Berringen (Bringen, Brinken), is an Australian Aboriginal language spoken by the Marrithiyal people.

Dialects besides Marrithiyel proper are Nganygit, Marri Amu (Marriammu, Mare-Ammu), Maridjabin (Maredyerbin, Maretyabin, Maridyerbin, Maritjabin), Marridan (Meradan), Marramanindjdji (Marramaninydyi, Marimanindji), and Mariyedi.[3]

The Marri Amu dialect is part of a language revival project to save critically endangered languages. As of 2020, Marri Amu is one of 20 languages prioritised as part of the Priority Languages Support Project, being undertaken by First Languages Australia and funded by the Department of Communications and the Arts. The project aims to "identify and document critically-endangered languages -- those languages for which little or no documentation exists, where no recordings have previously been made, but where there are living speakers".[4]



  • Retroflex sounds /? ?/ may have also been recorded.
  • Alveolar sound /t/ may also be heard as [?].
  • A dental fricative /?/ can also be heard as a stop [t?].


Front Central Back
High i u
Mid ? (?)
Low a
  • An additional central vowel [?] is also heard among dialects.
  • /i u/ can also be heard as [? ?].
  • /u/ may also have an allophone of [?].
  • /a/ can have front and central allophones of [a ?].[5]


  1. ^ "Census 2016, Language spoken at home by Sex (SA2+)". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Marithielic". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ a b N7 Marrithiyel at the Australian Indigenous Languages Database, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
  4. ^ "Priority Languages Support Project". First Languages Australia. Retrieved 2020.
  5. ^ Green, Ian (1981). The phonology and morphology of Marrithiyel: A preliminary study. Canberra: Australian National University.

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