G23: Waanyi

AIATSIS Code: 
G23
AIATSIS Reference name: 
Waanyi

tab group

Name
ABN Name
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ABS Name
Waanyi
Horton Name
Waanyi
Ethnologue name
Garawa [Wanji]
ISO 639-3 code
wny
Tindale name
Wanji
Thesaurus heading
Waanyi language (G23) (Qld SE54-09)
Tindale (1974)
Wanyi, Wanyee, Wanee, Waangyee, Wonyee.
O'Grady et al (1966)
Wanyi, Wanyee, Wanee
Glottocode
-
Other sources
Waanyi, Wanji [Top End Handbook] Wanee [Basedow 1906:3]
Synonyms
Waanji
Garawa
Wanyi
Wanyee
Wanee
Waangyee
Wonyee
Comment
Language comment
References

Basedow, Herbert. 1907. Anthropological notes on the western coastal tribes of the Northern Territory of South Australia. Royal Society of South Australia -- Transactions 31:1-62.
Breen, Gavan. 2003. Wanyi and Garrwa comparative data. In The Non-Pama-Nyungan languages of Northern Australia. Comparative studies of the continent's most linguistically complex region. Nicholas Evans (ED). Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.
Harvey, Mark. 2008. Non-Pama-Nyungan Languages: land-language associations at colonisation. AILEC 0802.
Harvey, Mark. 2009. The Genetic Status of Garrwa. In Australian Journal of Linguistics, Vol 29, no 2. pp 195-244.
Mushin, Ilana. 2012. A grammar of (Western) Garrwa. Boston, Mass.: De Gruyter Mouton. (L K284.004/1)
Osborne, Charles Roland. 1966. A tentative description of the Wanji language. (PMS 1360)
Stokes, Bronwyn. 1975. The Wanyi language: a late glimpse. (PMS 5947)
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.

Status
Confirmed
Location
State
NT
QLD
Location information
The Wanji people formerly lived on the western parts of Lawn Hill Creek and Nicholson River, from about the boundary between the Northern Territory and Queensland, westwards towards Alexandria station. This is the territory which the people still regard as their home country (Osborne 1966:1). ... borders the Goonanderry, on the south, and extends to the head of the Nicholson River (Basedow 1907:3). At Fish River; on Nicholson River west of Corinda; on Spring and Lawn Hill creeks; east to Barkly (Barclay) River; at Lawn Hill and Bannockburn; west to Old Ben-mara; southwest to Mount Morgan (Tindale 1974). The general associations were to: A. The Nicholson drainage from Corinda upstream. B. Musselbrook Creek drainage. Eastward limits: Downstream from Corinda was associated with Nguburindi. Lawn Hill homestead was associated with Wanyi. Lawn Hill Creek upstream from Constance Range was associated with Yinjilanji. Century Mine was associated with Nguburindi. Northward limits: China Wall - south of China Wall was associated with Wanyi. North of China Wall was associated with Gunindirri. Westward limits: These are unclear. The associations of the Cresswell Downs area are not certain. It was associated with either Wanyi or Gunindirri, but there is no definitive information as to which of these it was associated with (Harvey ASEDA 802).
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
<10 - - - - 2--5 4 -
Speaker NILS table
4.5 4.5 5.5 6.5
1-19 years 20-39 years 40-59 years 60+
NILS endangerment grade
1
Documentation
Document Score: 
10
Documentation table: 
Type Documentation Status Documentation Score
Word list   3?
Text Collection Small (20-100 pages) 2
Grammar Sketch grammar (less than 100 pages) 2
Audio-visual More than 10 3
Manuscript Note: 
tape transcription/field note available
Grammar: 
Osborne, Charles. 1966. A tentative description of the Wanji language, ms.
Dictionary: 
Furby, C.E, et al. Garawa/Wanyi wordlist, ASEDA 0244. Breen, Gavan Garawa/Wanyi machine-readable data files, ASEDA 0245.
Programs
Activities: 
-
People: 
Barry Blake, Gavan Breen, Luise Hercus, Sandra Keen, Charles Osborne, Bronwyn Stokes, Peter Sutton, Papulu Apparr-Kari Language Centre
Indigenous organisations: 
Classification
Classification table: 
Source Family Group Sub-group Name Relationship
Ethnologue (2005) Garawan     Garawa [Wanji] Garawa [dialects: Wanji (Wainyi, Waanyi)]
Dixon (2002)   WAANJI/GARRWA SUBGROUP*   Waanji Waanji
Wurm (1994) Garawan Waanyi   Waanyi  
Walsh (1981) Garawan Waanyi   Waanyi  
Oates (1975) Garawan Wanjic   Wanji  
Wurm (1972) Karawan Wanyic   Wanyi  
O'Grady, Voegelin & Voegelin (1966) Karwan Wanyic   Wanji