The name Nungali, now adopted as the general term, differs from the other ethnonym for these people only in having a prefix attached to it.
Nungali is distantly related to Jaminjung and like the latter is one of the non Pama-Nyungan tongues, usually classified as one of the Djamindjungan/Yirram family of languages. It is thought to be virtually extinct.
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