Following Hercus, Wafer and Lissarrague divide the Darling River language into two groups: Northern Darling River or Paakantyi (D12), Paaruntyi D47, Kurnu D25, Nhaawuparlku (Nhaawarlku) D19 and Milpulo D59.
Southern Darling River includes Southern Paakantyi (D61), Wilyaali (~Wilyakali) D16, Thaangkali (~Thangkakali) D14, Pulaali (Pulakali) D11, Wanyuparlku (~Wanyiwalku) D21, Pantyikali D17, Marrawarra D6, Parrintyi D48.
The term 'paaka' is defined as 'river, the Darling River in particular'; the suffix '-ntyi' means 'beonging to, originating from' (Hercus 1982 in Wafer & Lissarrague, 2008:263, 266).
Note that Hercus's Paakantyi grammar and dictionary is mainly on Southern Paakantyi (D61).
... on the Darling River from Wilcannia to Avoca (Hercus 1993:12). Darling River from Wilcannia downstream nearly to Avoca and extending 20 to 30 miles (30 to 50 km.) on each side of the river (Tindale 1974).
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Speaker numbers were measured differently across the censuses and various other sources listed in AUSTLANG. You are encouraged to refer to the sources.
Speaker numbers for ‘NILS 2004’ and ‘2005 estimate’ come from 'Table F.3: Numbers of speakers of Australian Indigenous languages (various surveys)' in 'Appendix F NILS endangerment and absolute number results' in McConvell, Marmion and McNicol 2005, pages 198-230 (PDF, 2.5MB).
Hercus, Luise. 1982. The Bagandji language: Pacific Linguistics B6.7 Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.
Hercus, Luise. 1993. Paakantyi dictionary. Canberra: Luise Hercus.