G9.1: Guwa

AIATSIS code: 
G9.1
AIATSIS reference name: 
Guwa

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Name
ABN name
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ABS name
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Horton name
Guwa
Ethnologue name
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ISO 639-3 code
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Tindale name
Koa
Thesaurus heading language
Guwa language G9.1
Thesaurus heading (old)
Guwa language (G9.1) (Qld SF54-11)
Tindale (1974)
Goa, Goamulgo, Coa, Coah, Guwa.
O'Grady et al (1966)
Goa, Guwa, Goamulgo
Glottocode
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Other sources
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Synonyms
Goa, Koa, Goamulgo, Coa, Coah
Comment
Comments: 
Tindale (1974) reports that there are eastern and western dialectal differences of Guwa but gives no further detail. Blake and Breen (in Breen 1990:118) investigate dialectal variation and conclude that 'the evidence seems to suggest that Tindale was right' but caution that there is not enough information to be certain. Breen (1990:163) comments that Yanda G9 is hard to classify, but seems to be closer to Guwa than to any other language. Further, Guwa seems to be close enough to be treated as a subgroup of the Pama-Maric group.
References: 
  • Breen, Gavan. 1990. Salvage studies of Western Queensland Aboriginal languages: Pacific Linguistics B-105. 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: 
Headwaters of Diamantina north to Kynuna, and Hamilton Creek divide; west to Middleton Creek; east to Winton and Sesbania; south almost to Cork (Tindale 1974).
Maps: 
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Catalogue
Links
Programs
Activities: 
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People: 
Barry Blake, Gavan Breen
Indigenous organisations: 
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Speakers
Year Source Speaker numbers
1975Oates-
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
TypeDocumentation StatusDocumentation Score
Word listLess than 20 pages1
Text CollectionNone0
GrammarA few articles1
Audio-visualNone0
Manuscript note: 
not available
Grammar: 
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Dictionary: 
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Classification
SourceFamilyGroupSub-groupNameRelationship
Ethnologue (2005)
Dixon (2002)GREATER MARIC GROUPGuwa/Yanda groupGuwaGuwa
Wurm (1994)
Walsh (1981)Pama-NyunganMaricGuwaGuwa
Oates (1975)Pama-NyunganMaricGuwaGuwa
Wurm (1972)Pama-NyunganPama-MaricMariKoa
O'Grady, Voegelin and Voegelin (1966)Pama-NyunganPama-MaricMariKoa