A large family of Australian aboriginal languages, spoken throughout Australia except in the extreme north, and including Pitjantjatjara and Warlpiri.
Origin of pama-nyungan
- pama man (in northeast languages) nyunga man (in southwest languages)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From pama (“man, person") (in several northeast Australian Aboriginal languages) + nyungaa (“man, person") (in several southwestern Australian Aboriginal languages) +"Ž -an. Apparently coined by American linguist Kenneth L. Hale (1934-2001).