Warrwa is a non-Pama Nyungan language from the north west of Western Australia.
Warrwa is possibly a dialect of Nyigina K3, although it shows a number of differences (Capell (1940:412ff).
McGregor 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 (2010:209).
... 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 AILEC 0802).
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McGregor, William. 1988 Handbook of Kimberley Languages. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics. © Author.
AIATSIS gratefully acknowledge William McGregor for permission to use his material in AUSTLANG.
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).
McGregor, William. 1994 Warrwa. München: Lincom Europa.