Today Uw Oykangand speakers live in Kowanyama, an Aboriginal community in the Gulf country on the Mitchell River. Uw Oykangand people at Kowanyama are establishing a permanent outstation on traditional land at Oriners Station. They continue to make extensive use of the land for camping and subsistence hunting, fishing and gathering edible plant food stuffs. They also harvest the land for traditional industry.
The Aboriginal languages of Cape York Peninsula are all closely related, belonging to the Paman sub-group of the widespread Pama-Nyungan family. Uw Oykangand has a sister dialect, Uw Olkola. They are very similar and mutually intelligible, with 97% cognacy in core vocabulary. Uw Olkola and Uw Oykangand are clearly distinct from the neighbouring languages they appear to be most closely related to: Kuuk Thaayorre, Kok Kaper, Yir Yoront, Yirrk Thangalkl, and Ogh Unyjan.
|close||i [i]||u [u]|
|mid||e [e]||o [o]|
Uw Oykangand has a standard five-vowel system.
|voiceless stop||p [p]||th [t̪]||t [t]||ch [c]||k [k]|
|voiced stop||b [b]||dh [d̪]||d [d]||j [ɟ]||g [ɡ]|
|nasal||m [m]||nh [n̪]||n [n]||ny [ɲ]||ng [ŋ]|
|pre-stopped nasal||bm [bm]||dnh [d̪n̪]||dn [dn]||jny [ɟɲ]||gng [ɡŋ]|
|lateral||l [l]||ly [ʎ]|
|approximant||r [ɻ]||y [j]||w [w]|
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