E26: Guwar

AIATSIS code: 
E26
AIATSIS reference name: 
Guwar

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Name
ABN name
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ABS name
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Horton name
Yuggera (Gowar)
Ethnologue name
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ISO 639-3 code
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Tindale name
Ngugi
Thesaurus heading language
Guwar language E26
Thesaurus heading (old)
Guwar language (E26) (Qld SG56-15)
Tindale (1974)
Mugee, Wogee, Gnoogee, Guar (language name ['guar] = ['gowar] = no), Gowar, Goowar, Gooar, Gowr-burra, Chunchiburri, Booroo-geen-merrie.
O'Grady et al (1966)
Ngugi
Glottocode
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Other sources
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Synonyms
Yuggera, Gowar, Jagara, Koenpul, Ngugi, Nunukul, Turrubul, Yagara, Booroo geen merrie, Chunchiburri, Coowar, Gnoogee, Gooar, Goowar, Gowr burra, Guar, Mugee, Nooghi, Wodji, Wogee, Quandamooka
Comment
Comments: 
There are a number of names associated with the language and people from Moreton Island: The Wogee group occupies Moreton Island, and its language is called Goowar or Gooar (E26) (Watkin and Hamilton in Curr, 1886 vol.3 222). Capell lists the language as Ngugi with alternate names Wodji (Wogee) and Guwar (E26) (1963:154). Jeffries refers to the Ngugi people as speakers of Guwar language, which he classifies as belonging to the Bandjalang sub-group (2011: 124) based on shared grammatical features with Bandjalang dialects from the Clarence River in New South Wales (2011: 113). He found evidence of borrowing from Yagara E23, which is consistent with long and close contact (2011:117). Other sources indicate that the Moreton Bay region and the people from that area are known as Quandamooka. This is a regional grouping that consists of Jagara E23 and Koopenul in the Cleveland area, Nunukal E21 and Goenpul (see Jandai E19) people from Stradbroke Island and Ngugi (E26) from Moreton Island.
References: 
  • Capell, Arthur. 1963. Linguistic survey of Australia. Canberra: Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies.
  • Jeffries, Tony. 2011. Guwar, the language of Moreton Island, and its relationship to the Bandjalang and Yagara subgroups : a case for phylogenetic migratory expansion?, Masters thesis, University of Queensland. MS 5077.
  • 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.
  • Welsby, Thomas, 1917. Recollections of the natives of Moreton Bay : together with some of their names and customs of living. Historical Society of Queensland, 1(3) pp 110-129. p WEL.
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Potential data
Location
State / Territory: 
QLD
Location information: 
Moreton Island (Tindale 1974, Oates 1975.)
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Speakers
Year Source Speaker numbers
1975Oates-
1984Senate-
1990Schmidt-
1996Census-
2001Census-
2004NILS-
2005Estimate-
2006Census-
2011Census-
2016Census-

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).

Documentation
Type Documentation Status Documentation Score
Word list 1 (unclear status)
Text Collection None 0
Grammar None 0
Audio-visual None 0
Manuscript note: 
tape transcription/field note available
Grammar: 
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Dictionary: 
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Classification
Source Family Group Sub-group Name Relationship
Ethnologue (2005)
Dixon (2002) CENTRAL EAST COAST GROUP Guwar Guwar
Wurm (1994) Pama-Nyungan Durubulic Gowar
Walsh (1981) Pama-Nyungan Durubulic Gowar
Oates (1975) Pama-Nyungan Durubulic Gowar
Wurm (1972) Pama-Nyungan Durubulic Gowar (Ngugi)
O'Grady, Voegelin and Voegelin (1966) Pama-Nyungan Durubulic Gowar