C26: Gudanji

AIATSIS Code: 
C26
AIATSIS Reference name: 
Gudanji

tab group

Name
ABN Name
-
ABS Name
Gudanji
Horton Name
Ngandji
Ethnologue name
Gudanji
ISO 639-3 code
Nji
Tindale name
Kotandji
Thesaurus heading
Gurdanji / Kurdanji / Gudanji language (C26) (NT SE53-07)
Tindale (1974)
Ngandji (valid alternative), Kutandji, Kudandji, Gudanji, Koodanjee, Gundangee, Godangee, Koodangie, Kutanjtjii (of Iliaura. fide Yallop), Kudenji, Nganji, Ngangi, Nandi, Gnanji (false transcription), Angee (tone deaf to initial ng), Anga, Kakaringa (of Tjingili, means 'easterners').
O'Grady et al (1966)
Glottocode
guda1242
Other sources
Gudanji, Gudandji, Godangee [Top End Handbook$7745] Kooringee (Staionmaster 1895), Koodangie (Mathews 1900), Godangee (Basedow 1907), Goodanji (Hale 1960), Gudandji (Capell 1963, Aguas 1968, Chadwick 1971, Blake 1990), Kutandji (O'Grady, Voegelin and Voegelin 1966), Kotandji (Tindale 1974) and Kutanji (Avery 1990) [Nordlinger 1998:6$4377] Godangee (Power) [Basedow 1907$7584] Kudanji [Papulu Apparr-Kari Aboriginal Corporation]
Synonyms
Gudandji
Ngandji
Gurdanji
Kotandji
Kurdanji
Kotandji; Anga
Angee
Gnanji
Godangee
Gundangee
Kakaringa
Koodangie
Koodanjee
Kudanji
Kudenji
Kutandji
Kutanjtjii
Kutandji; Anjee
Goarango
Goodanji
Gurandji
Koodanjie
Kuarandji
Kurandji
Kutanji; Gudandji
Kutanji
Gurdanydji
Gurdanydja; Kotandji
Anga
Anjee
Garindjari
Gudendji
Gurdandji
Gurendji
Kauarindarri
Kauarndhari
Kawarandari
Kawarandjari
Kawarindjara
Kawarindjari
Kudandji
Kudandyi
Kurtanji
Kwarandji
Nandi
Ngangi
Nganji
Comment
Language comment
Gudanji (C26) is one of three dialects including Binbinka N138 and Wambaya C19 of the Wambayan language group, which belongs to the Ngurlun sub-group in the Mirndi language family of non-Pama Nyungan languages (Harvey, 2008:1-3). Harvey says Gudanji (C26) is extremely endangered (2008:4). The Mirndi language family consists of two geographically non-contiguous groups on the Barkly Tableland in the Northern Territory: Western Mirndi, with two languages 'Jaminjungan' (see Jaminjung N18 and Ngaliwurru N19) and Nungali N28; and Eastern Mirndi, with three languages, Jingulu C22, Ngarnka N121 and the Wambayan language group. The Wambayan language group and Ngarnka (N121) are in turn two languages which form a genetic group that Harvey calls 'Ngurlun' (Harvey, 2008:1-3). Earlier writers call Wambayan the ‘McArthur language’, after the river which forms part of the territories affiliated with Gudanji, Binbinka and Wambaya (Nordlinger 1998:5 and Chadwick 1989:1-2). Nordlinger's description of these two non-contiguous but related language groups is similar: the first consisting of Jaminjung N18, Naliwuru N19 and Nungali N28 located in the geographic west and the second in the geographic east the 'West Barkly' set consisting of Jingili C22 along with the 'Eastern Group' of Ngarnga N121 and the McArthur language (see above) (1998:4).
References

Chadwick, Neil. 1989. The relationship of Jingulu and Jaminjungan. MS 2833.
Harvey, Mark. 2008. Proto Mirndi: a discontinuous language family in northern Australia. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.
Nordlinger, Rachel. 1998. A grammar of Wambaya, Northern Territory (Australia): Pacific Linguistics C-140. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.
Tindale, Norman B. 1974. Aboriginal tribes of Australia: their terrain, environmental controls, distribution, limits, and proper names. Berkeley: University of California Press/Canberra: Australian National University Press.

Status
Confirmed
Location
State
NT
Location information
Along the head of the coastal slope from Tanumbirini south-east to approximately the heads of the MacArthur River, Kilgour River, and Walhallow; to the west to the head of Newcastle Creek and to the south as far as Anthony Lagoon (Aguas 1968:10). Head of coastal slope from Tanumbirini southeast to about head of McArthur River; at Old Wallhallow; at Mallapunyah; west to head of Newcastle Creek; south to Anthony Lagoon and Eva Downs. Before 1900 they were pressing northeastward into Binbinga territory (Tindale 1974). There was no precise information on the limits of Gudanji associations in 2007. The following places were associated with Gudanji: McArthur River Mine, Cape Crawford, Mallapunyah Springs. It is likely that Kiana homestead was associated with Gudanji, but this was not certain (Harvey ASEDA 802).
Maps
  • Tindale, Norman. 1974. Tribal boundaries in Aboriginal Australia. Canberra: Division of National Mapping, Department of National Development.
  • Nordlinger, Rachel. 1998. A grammar of Wambaya, Northern Territory (Australia). Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.
  • Breen, Gavan. 2003. The Barkly: Wanyi and Garrwa comparative data. In The non-Pama-Nyungan languages of northern Australia: comparative studies of the continent's most linguistically complex region, ed. N Evans, 425-462. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.
  • Harvey, Mark. 2008. Non-Pama-Nyungan languages: land-language associations at colonisation (ASEDA 802).
Catalogue
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Speakers
Speaker table
Speaker NILS table
1-19 years20-39 years40-59 years60+
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NILS endangerment grade
0
Documentation
Document Score: 
3
Documentation table: 
TypeDocumentation StatusDocumentation Score
Word listLess than 20 pages1
Text CollectionNone0
GrammarA few articles1
Audio-visualLess than 11
Manuscript Note: 
tape transcription/field note available
Grammar: 
-
Dictionary: 
-
Programs
Activities: 
-
People: 
Estrella Chesney, Neil Chadwick, Katherine Regional Aboriginal Language Centre, Papulu Apparr-Kari Language Centre
Classification
Classification table: 
SourceFamilyGroupSub-groupNameRelationship
Ethnologue (2005)West BarklyGudanjiGudanji [dialects: Binbinka, Ngarnga]
Dixon (2002)MINDI SUBGROUPEast Mindi subgroup*GudandjiWambaya Nordlinger (1998) further dialects: Gudandji, Binbinka
Wurm (1994)Djingili-WambayanWambayanGudandji
Walsh (1981)Djingili-WambayanWambayanGudandji
Oates (1975)Djingili-WambayanWambayanGudandji
Wurm (1972)Djingili-WambayanWambayicGudandji
O'Grady, Voegelin & Voegelin (1966)WambayanKutandji