K17: Worrorra

AIATSIS Code: 
K17
AIATSIS Reference name: 
Worrorra

tab group

Name
ABN Name
Worora language
ABS Name
Worrorra
Horton Name
Worora
Ethnologue name
Worora
ISO 639-3 code
unp
Tindale name
Worora
Thesaurus heading
Worrorra language (K17) (WA SD51-16)
Tindale (1974)
Wororra, Wurara, Worrora, Worara (pronunciation of Ngarinjin speakers), Maialnga (supposed name of a northern horde but Lucich [1966 MS] could not confirm it with Worora informants).
O'Grady et al (1966)
Wororra, Wurara
Glottocode
west2435
Other sources
Kularri/Gularri 'south-westerners' (regional term used to refer to Wunambal, Gamberre and Worrorra - Perez 1977, Perez, Pratt & Millington 1981, Torres, Pratt & Millington 1986) [Carr 2000:13] Boorooroo (Yngve Laurell) [Boström 2008:150]
Synonyms
Worora
Jaudibaia
Maialnga
Worara
Wororra
Worrara
Wurara
Wo`rora
Worrora
Wurora
Wurura
Variants of the language name:
Yangibaia
Kularri/Gularri south westerners
Comment
Language comment
Worrorra is a non-Pama-Nyungan language of the Worrorran family, specifically western Worrorran, along with Umiida K49; Unggarrangu K55; Unggumi K14; Yawijibaya K53; Winyjarrumi K56 (McGregor & Rumsey, 2009:8). Clendon (2000:vii) reports that 'a closely related dialect of Worrorra was formerly spoken by the people of the Montgomery Islands, anja Yawijabaaya K53. McGregor (2004:43) says that Yawijibaya is 'sometimes treated as a separate language, sometimes as a dialect of Worrorra'.
References

Clendon, Mark. 2000. A grammar of Worrorra. Halls Creek, WA: Kimberley Language Resource Centre.
Harvey, Mark. 2008. Non-Pama-Nyungan Languages: land-language associations at colonisation. AILEC 0802.
McGregor, William. 2004. The languages of the Kimberley, Western Australia. New York: RoutledgeCurzon.
McGregor, William, & Alan Rumsey. 2009. Worrorran revisited: the case for genetic relations among languages of the Northern Kimberley region of Western Australia: Pacific Linguistics 600. 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
WA
Location information
At Secure Bay and Walcott Inlet; Collier Bay to Prince Regent River; northern boundary passes up Rothsay Water, inland 25 to 30 miles (40 to 50 km.) along Princess May Ranges to Mount Hann and Mount French and cliff base of the tablelands (Tindale 1974). [Worora's] country lies north of Walcott Inlet to the Prince regent River (Akerman in Sutton 1995:99). originally spoken on the north-West Kimberley coast and adjacent inland areas roughly between the Prince Regent River and the Yampi Peninsula (Clendon 2000). The general territorial association was to the coast from Rothsay Water in the north to the south-west shores of Collier Bay in the south, extending variably about 50km inland (Harvey ASEDA 802). Worora-speaking families lived traditionally on and near the north-west Kimberley coast between the Rothsay Water in the north, and the south-western shores of Collier Bay in the south. In the south their country extended inland some 40 kilometres from the coast, and in the north, roughly some 60 kilometres inland, and 50 or so kilometres up the Prince Regent River, from where it empties into the St. George Basin. This region includes the lower and middle reaches of the Prince Regent River, Mana Malanduma, the St. George Basin, Ngarlangkarnanya, and the two spectacular mesas on its north shore, Mt. Trafalgar, Ngayangkarnanya, and Mt. Waterloo, Nubungarri. It includes the George Water and the Glenelg River, Arnngarrngoyu, and the Walcott inlet. On the coast Worora country includes Wurrulku aaku ngarlangarlangarri, ‘Augustus Island of the talking water,’ referring to a well-known fresh-water spring on this large island, as well as many other offshore islands, and the Montgomery Islands and reefs, Yawijaba mana (Clendon as cited in 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
0
Documentation
Document Score: 
14
Documentation table: 
TypeDocumentation StatusDocumentation Score
Word listMedium (100-200 pages)3
Text CollectionLarge (more than 200 pages)4
GrammarLarge grammar (more than 200 pages)4
Audio-visualMore than 103
Manuscript Note: 
tape transcription/field note available
Grammar: 
Clendon, Mark. 2000. Topics in Worora grammar. University of Adelaide: PhD. Clendon, Mark. 2000. A grammar of Worrorra. Halls Creek, WA: Kimberley Language Resource Centre. Love, J. R. B. 1999. The grammatical structure of the Worora language of north-western Australia. Munich: Lincom Europa.
Dictionary: 
Clendon, Mark. 2000. A provisional Worrorra dictionary. Halls Creek, WA: Kimberley Language Resource Centre
Programs
Activities: 
Community adult literacy programmes have been run in the past for Worrorra, Wunambal and Ngarinyin. (Carr 2000:22)
People: 
Arthur Capell, Mark Clendon, James Love, Kimberley Language Resource Centre, Daisy Utemorrah (dec.)
Indigenous organisations: 
Classification
Classification table: 
SourceFamilyGroupSub-groupNameRelationship
Ethnologue (2005)WororanWororaWorora [dialects: Worora, Unggumi]
Dixon (2002)NORTH KIMBERLEY AREAL GROUPWorrorraWorrorra Clendon (1994, 2000), Love (2000) further dialects: Yawidjibara, Windjarumi, Unggumi, Unggarrangu, Umiida
Wurm (1994)WororanWororicWorora
Walsh (1981)WororanWororicWorora
Oates (1975)WororanWororicWurora
Wurm (1972)WororanWororicWorora
O'Grady, Voegelin & Voegelin (1966)WororanWororicWorora