Kite and Wurm describe Waga-Waga (E28) as a language and a dialect, other dialects being Duungidjawu E20, Wuli-Wuli E89, Djagunda E27, Dala E25, Barunggam D40, Nalbo E90 and Giabal D41 (2004:4).
Terrill refers to a ms 'The Waga Waga language of South East Queensland: A sketch grammar' (Dinneen 1988) which describes Waga-Waga having one laminal series, five vowels, one rhotic; separate forms for nominals in Subject, Object and Agent roles in a sentence; three verb conjugations; a causative affix -ma- and no marking for transitivity in verbs. Complement clauses are embedded (in Terrill, 1998:126).
See also Yiman E31.
... to the west and northwest of the Dungidjau. Bounded in the east by the Brisbane River and Jimna Range. Extending as far north as Gayndah and Mundubbera on the Burnett River and went west to the Boyne River and Bunya Mountains (Tennant-Kelly 1935 Tribes on Cherburg Settlement, Queensland as quoted in Kite and Wurm 2004:6). Nanango north to Mount Perry behind Coast Range; west to Boyne Rive, Upper Burnett River and Mundubbera; at Kingaroy, Murgon and Gayndah (Capell 1963 E59).
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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).