formerly spoken in the tropical rainforest of the Atherton Tableland
, in Queensland
. It is noteworthy for two things. First is its precise date of extinction
, with the death in 1972
of the last speaker, Arthur Bennett
Second is the fact that its word for 'dog' was dog, but this was not a borrowing from English! It was a genuine native word, the regular development of the reconstructed Proto-Pama-Nyungan word *gudaga.
It belonged to the Southern Pama branch of Pama-Nyungan. A grammar and nearly 400 words were collected by the linguist Bob Dixon. Its numerals went up to three and were ngdádam, mbil, ardu.