According to Australian linguist Lynette Oates, the
Muruwari Language belongs to the Maric languages in the Pama Ngungan Family of
Australian Aboriginal languages that extends from the Kimberley's (WA), to New South Wales, Queensland, and to north-eastern Arnhem Land. Lynette Oates found that our language has borrowings
and affiliations with South Australia to Western Desert languages. Muruwari language has 18 consonants and six vowels.
In the early days of Kawinj (white man) contact with us, Anthropologist, Robert Hamilton Mathews talked to our old people. He would go down the river and sit down with them and write down what the old men said.
In 1964, Music Teacher Janet Mathews was asked to collect the music of our people. Janet worked with Muruwari People to record our songs and language.
Property owner J. W. Foott esq also collected various words in our language.
If you want to ask questions or make a statement in Muruwari language, you might say:
When are you going? = Wanthu ngara yanmintu (when there go-ing-you)
= Thayin yana (here go-do).
I lost it. =
I lost my money, I dropped
it somewhere. = Lusitmay mani thika, kumunkayiyu (lost-did money my, drop-did-i)
All the boys are going out = Kuthara yanminiyi
yangkurr-yangkurr (Child go-ing-they boys)
I am feeling sick. = Marriyiyu ngathu (sick-am-I)
I have got a headache. = Pampurriyiyu (head-ache-have-I)
I sneezed. Kiingkuru palkayu (Sneeze came-I)
Do not eat it, it is
poisonous. = Wala thala
karti (not eat-do poison)
Never mind it. = Yinpayira (ignore-do)
I am afraid of snakes. = Karrayu kaanngu (fear-I snakes-from)