K10: Warrwa

AIATSIS Code: 
K10
AIATSIS Reference name: 
Warrwa

tab group

Name
ABN Name
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ABS Name
Kimberley Area Languages, nec (Warrwa)
Horton Name
Warwa
Ethnologue name
Warrwa
ISO 639-3 code
wwr
Tindale name
Warwa
Thesaurus heading
Warrwa / Warwa language (K10) (WA SE 51-07)
Tindale (1974)
Waruwa (valid alternative when r not rolled), Warwai, Warrwai, Kolaruma ('coast people'; name given by Ongkomi; in some local languages ['kolar] means west).
O'Grady et al (1966)
Wa:rwa, Warwai, Warrwai
Glottocode
warr1258
Other sources
Synonyms
Kimberley Area Languages
Warwa
Kolaruma
Warrwai
Waruwa
Warwai
Wa:rwa
Comment
Language comment
Warrwa is possibly a dialect of Nyigina K3, although it shows a number of differences (Capell (1940:412ff). McGregor (2010:209) categorises Warrwa as one of the Eastern Nyulnyulan languages, along with Nyikina K3, Yawuru K1 and Jukun K2. He contrasts these with the Western Nyulnyulan languages, Bardi K15, Jawi K16, Jabirrjabirr K8, Nyulnyul K13, Nimanburru K9 and Ngumbarl K4.
References

Capell, Arthur. 1940. The classification of languages in north and north-west Australia. Oceania 10(3):241-272; 10(4):404-433.
Harvey, Mark. 2008. Non-Pama-Nyungan Languages: land-language associations at colonisation. AILEC 0802.
McGregor, William B. 2010. The semantics, pragmatics and evolution of two verbless negative constructions in Nyulnyul. Oceanic Linguistics 49(1):205-232.
Stokes, Bronwyn. 1982. A description of Nyigina, a language of the West Kimberley, Western Australia (MFE/B52), Australian National University: PhD. (MFE/B52).

Status
Confirmed
Location
State
WA
Location information
... around Meda station (Stokes 1984:9). The general associations of Warrwa were to the Meda River and Alexander Creek. Eastward limits: Sources in 2007 confirmed that Kimberley Downs homestead was associated with Warrwa, but that Warrwa associations ceased immediately to the east of the homestead. Southward limits: The divide between the Meda and Fitzroy drainages. There was some debate over the associations of Derby as between Warrwa and Nyikina. Warrwa owners claimed Derby as Warrwa. Warrwa has substantial saltwater association apart from Derby. Nyikina has only minimal saltwater associations apart from Derby. In Australia, there is a general congruence between ecological oppositions and changes in land-language affiliations. Therefore, the overall evidence suggests that Derby was associated with Warrwa and not Nyikina. Northward limits: There is no positive information on this topic (Harvey ASEDA 802).
Maps
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Catalogue
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Speakers
Speaker table
Speaker NILS table
1-19 years20-39 years40-59 years60+
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NILS endangerment grade
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Documentation
Document Score: 
6
Documentation table: 
TypeDocumentation StatusDocumentation Score
Word listLess than 20 pages1
Text CollectionNone0
GrammarSketch grammar (less than 100 pages)2
Audio-visualMore than 103
Manuscript Note: 
tape transcription/field note available
Grammar: 
McGregor, William. 1994 Warrwa. M√ľnchen: Lincom Europa.
Dictionary: 
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Programs
Activities: 
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People: 
William McGregor
Indigenous organisations: 
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Classification
Classification table: 
SourceFamilyGroupSub-groupNameRelationship
Ethnologue (2005)NyulnyulanWarrwa
Dixon (2002)FITZROY RIVER SUBGROUP*WarrwaNjigina Stokes (1982), Hosokawa (1991), McCregor (1994) further dialects: Warrwa, Yawuru (or Yawur), Jukun
Wurm (1994)NyulnyulanWarwa
Walsh (1981)NyulnyulanWarwa
Oates (1975)NjulnjulanWarwa
Wurm (1972)NyulnyulanWarwa
O'Grady, Voegelin & Voegelin (1966)NyulNyulanWarwa