E26: Guwar

AIATSIS Code: 
E26
AIATSIS Reference name: 
Guwar

tab group

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
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
Language comment
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 & 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.

Status
Potential Data
Location
State
QLD
Location information
Moreton Island (Tindale 1974, Oates 1975.)
Maps
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Catalogue
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Speakers
Speaker table
Oates 1973 Senate 1984 Schmidt 1990 Census 1996 Census 2001 NILS 2004 2005 estimate Census 2006
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Speaker NILS table
1-19 years 20-39 years 40-59 years 60+
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NILS endangerment grade
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Documentation
Document Score: 
1
Documentation table: 
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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Programs
Activities: 
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People: 
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Indigenous organisations: 
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Classification
Classification table: 
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 & Voegelin (1966) Pama-Nyungan Durubulic   Gowar