Torres Strait Islander

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Torres Strait Islanders are the indigenous people of the Torres Strait Islands, part of Queensland, Australia.

Famous Torres Strait Islanders include

Languages

There are two languages indigenous to Torres Strait Islanders. The language of the western Torres Straits is related to languages of the Australian mainland and is a member of the Pama-Nyungan family of languages which covers most of Australia. This language does not have its own name, however some of its dialects are: Kala Lagaw Ya, Kala Kawaw Ya, and Mabuiag. The language of the eastern Torres Straits is Meriam Mir (there are various spellings of this name). This is a Papuan language and is related to the languages of the nearby coast of Papua New Guinea. Meriam Mir is the only Papuan language indigenous to Australia.

A third language of the Torres Straits is a creole that has developed over the last hundred or so years. This creole goes by a number of names, including Blaikman Tok, Torres Strait Creole, Broken and Yumblatok.

See also

nl:Straat Torres-eilander

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