Not to be confused with Bidjara L43 of the Bulloo River.
Breen (1973:3-4) says that, while previously there was greater difference between the two, he now writes that Bidjara / Bidyara and Gungabula E35 are virtually identical. He also alludes to there being two minimally different dialects of Bidjara / Bidyara: a southern group who 'regard their tribal territory as comprising approximately the country drained by the upper Warrego (above Charleville) and usually call their language the 'Warrego Language'', and a northern (Clermont) group who 'call themselves Bidyara and speak the same dialect (with isolated differences in vocabulary) but are generally referred to by the southern speakers as Wadyaningu or Wadyaninga.
It is not known whether this is a name used by the Bidyara on the inland side of the Great Divide for those on the seaward side, or whether it was a Bidyara name for a language to the north and is mistakenly applied to the Clermont people.' Due to the uncertain status of these names, as well as the low chance of materials emerging which are specifically about one dialect or the other, the Bidjara dialects are not included in this database.
Headwaters of Nogoa and Warrego rivers; south to Caroline, north of Augathella; east to Killarney and Chesterton; west to Nive River; north to Mantuan Downs (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).
Breen, Gavan. 1973. Bidyara and Gungabula : grammar and vocabulary. In Linguistic Communications no.8. 1- 227.