Kala Lagaw Ya
KALA LAGAW YA has 3,000 to 4,000 fluent speakers in the Western Torres Strait Islands. Stretching approximately 150km between the northern most tip of Australia and the south coast of Papua New Guinea, the dazzling turquoise waters of the Torres Strait are dotted with over 100 islands as well as coral cays, exposed sandbanks and reefs.

The Strait's overall population of 8000, of which approximately 6000 are Torres Strait Islanders and Aboriginal people, is dispersed throughout 19 small island communities. The communities are all remote, approximately 1000km from the nearest city and each has a population between 80 and 750.


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