G8: Yalarnnga

AIATSIS code: 
G8
AIATSIS reference name: 
Yalarnnga

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Name
ABN name
Yalarnnga language
ABS name
-
Horton name
Yalarrnga
Ethnologue name
Yalarnnga
ISO 639-3 code
ylr
Tindale name
Jalanga
Thesaurus heading language
Yalarnnga language G8
Thesaurus heading (old)
Yalarnnga / Yalarrnga language (G8) (Qld SF54-06)
Tindale (1974)
Yellunga, Yelina, Wonganja (supposedly extinct horde).
O'Grady et al (1966)
Yalarnnga, Yellanga, Yelina
Glottocode
yala1262
Other sources
Yallunga (Cox 1880), Yelina (Eglinton in Curr 1886), Yellunga and Yellanga (Roth 1897, 1901), Jalanga (Tindale 1940 & 1974, Blake 1971, Capell 1963, Oates & Oates 1970), Yalarrnga (Horton 1994) [Breen & Blake 2007:2]
Synonyms
Yalarrnga, Jalanga, Jalannga, Wonganja, Yalannga, Yelina, Yellanga, Yellunga, Yallunga, Jalarnnga
Comment
Comments: 
Breen and Blake (2007:70-7) indicate that Kalkutungu G13 and Yalarnnga are more similar to one another than either is to any other language, but this does not imply they form a subgroup.
References: 
  • Breen, Gavan, and Barry Blake. 2007. The grammar of Yalarnnga: a language of western Queensland: Pacific Linguistics 584. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.
  • 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 / Territory: 
QLD
Location information: 
On Wills Creek from south of Duchess to Fort William; on Burke River and Mort River to north of Chatsworth; at Noranside and Buckingham Downs (Tindale 1974). Tindale's location leaves a sustantial gap between Yalarnnga and its western neighbour Warluwarra and it seems likely that Yalarnnga country extended further west, perhaps to Ardmore and certainly including Dajarra. Warluwarra speakers consulted by Breen did not know names of places in that area and seemed to regard it as Yalarnnga or Kalkutungu; the latter is unlikely because it is too far south (Breen & Blake 2007:2).
Maps: 
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Catalogue
Links
Programs
Activities: 
-
People: 
Barry Blake, Gavan Breen
Indigenous organisations: 
-
Speakers
Year Source Speaker numbers
1975Oatesexist
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 Small (20-100 pages) 2
Text Collection None 0
Grammar A few articles 1
Audio-visual More than 10 3
Manuscript note: 
tape transcription/field note available
Grammar: 

Breen, Gavan & Blake, Barry. 2007. The Grammar of Yalarnnga: a language of Western Queensland. Pacific LInguistics PL 584. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.

Dictionary: 
Sullivan, Lance. 2005. Ngiaka Yalarrnga. Townsville: Lance Sullivan.
Classification
Source Family Group Sub-group Name Relationship
Ethnologue (2005) Pama-Nyungan Galgadungic Yalarnnga
Dixon (2002) KALKATUNGU/YALARNNGA AREAL GROUP Yalarnnga Yalarnnga
Wurm (1994) Pama-Nyungan Galgadungic Yalarnnga
Walsh (1981) Pama-Nyungan Galgadungic Yalarnngic Yalarnnga
Oates (1975) Pama-Nyungan Kalkatungic Yalarnngic Yalarnnga
Wurm (1972) Pama-Nyungan Yalarnngic Yalarnnga (Jalanga)
O'Grady, Voegelin and Voegelin (1966) Pama-Nyungan Yalarnngic Jalanga