D65: Wirraayaraay

AIATSIS code: 
D65
AIATSIS reference name: 
Wirraayaraay

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Tindale name
Weraerai
Thesaurus heading language
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Thesaurus heading (old)
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Tindale (1974)
['wirai] = ['werai] = no, Wiraiarai, Weraiari, Wirri-Wirri, Wirra:arai, Warlarai, Wolroi, Wolleri, Waho-lari, Wolaroo, Walarai, Juwalarai, Walari, Wolaroi, Woo-laroi, Ginniebal (read g as dj), ? Mooran Mooran.
O'Grady et al (1966)
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Synonyms
Wiraiari, Weraerai, Wiraiarai, Weraiari, Wirri Wirri, Wirraarai, Warlarai, Wolroi, Wolleri, Waho lari, Wolaroo, Walarai, Juwalarai, Walari, Wolaroi, Woo laroi, Ginniebal, Mooran Mooran
Comment
Comments: 
It seems Wirraayaraay has been confused with Wiriyaraay D28. The reference name for D28 is Wiriyaraay in the Thesaurus and ILDB. On the other hand, the reference name in Oates and Oates (1970:167), an older source, is Wiriwiri; they list Weraiari, Weri-ari, Wiraerai, Wirajarai, Wirraiarai and Wirri-Wirri as alternatives. However, Weraiari is treated as equivalent of Wirraayaraay D65 by Wafer and Lissarrague (2008:216-221). Tindale's Weraerai, Wiriwiri in Oates and Oates (1970:167) and Wiri-Wiri in Oates (1975:222) may refer to Wiriyaraay D28 , Wirraay-Wirraay D66 or Wirraayaraay. Wafer and Lissarrague (2008:222) suggest that Wirraayaraay refers to a northern dialect of Central NSW language/Wiradjuri D10 and the name was used by non-Wirraayaraay people.
References: 
  • Wafer, Jim & Amanda Lissarrague. 2008. A handbook of Aboriginal languages of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. Nambucca Heads: Muurrbay Aboriginal Language and Culture Co-operative.
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NSW
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Nothing in AUSTLANG.
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Speakers
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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).

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Classification
SourceFamilyGroupSub-groupNameRelationship
Ethnologue (2005)
Dixon (2002)CENTRAL NEW SOUTH WALES GROUPCentral inland New South Wales subgroup*WiraiariWiradhurri (or Wirratherie or Wirradgerry or Waradgery or Woradgery, etc.) H. Hale (1846), Günther (1892) possible further dialect: Wiraiari
Wurm (1994)
Walsh (1981)
Oates (1975)Pama-NyunganWiradjuricMain Wiradjuric
Wurm (1972)
O'Grady, Voegelin and Voegelin (1966)