K26: Wolyamidi

AIATSIS code: 
K26
AIATSIS reference name: 
Wolyamidi

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Name
ABN name
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ABS name
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Horton name
Ngarinyin (Wolyamidi)
Ethnologue name
Ngarinyin [Wolyamidi]
ISO 639-3 code
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Tindale name
Arnga (Woljamidi)
Thesaurus heading language
Wolyamidi language K26
Thesaurus heading (old)
Wolyamidi language (K26) (WA SD52-13)
Tindale (1974)
Woljamidi, Woljamiri, Molyamidi, Kuluwara, Kulu-waran, Guluwarin, Kolaia, Arawari, Arawodi, ? Yamandil.
O'Grady et al (1966)
Woljamidi, Wolyamini, Molyamidi, Yamandil
Glottocode
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Other sources
Woldjamidi, Wol'jamidi [McGregor and Rumsey 2009:2]
Synonyms
Ngarinyin, Woljamidi, Woljamiri, Molyamidi, Kuluwara, Kulu waran, Guluwarin, Kolaia, Arawari, Arawodi, Yamandil
Comment
Comments: 
Wolyamidi is a non-Pama-Nyungan language of the Worrorran language group - specifically Eastern Worrorran along with Ngarinyin K18, Wurla K43, Andajin K64, Guwij K19 and Munumburru K25. These languages are geographically contiguous (in the northern Kimberley region, Western Australia) and all have five noun classes and gender distinction (McGregor and Rumsey 2009:5-7). McGregor (2004:42) classifies this as a member of the Ngarinyinic group, adding Walajangarri K24 to the above list. Capell lists Woljamidi (K26) as a dialect of Ngarinjen (1963).
References: 
  • Capell, Arthur. 1963. Linguistic survey of Australia. Canberra: Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies.
  • McGregor, William, and 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.
  • McGregor, William. 2004. The Languages of the Kimberley, Western Australia. New York : RoutledgeCurzon.
Status: 
Confirmed
Location
State / Territory: 
WA
Location information: 
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Maps: 
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Catalogue
Links
Handbook of Kimberley Languages (1988): 

Kalaamaya (A4 ) in Handbook of Kimberley Languages (1988).

5.11 Wolyamidi / Woljamidi

Names of the language and different spellings that have been used:
Wolyamidi (Hudson & McConvell, O'Grady, Oates & Oates, Black, Black & Walsh), Woljamidi (Capell, Coate), Woldjamidi (AIAS), Wol'jamidi (AIAS)
Classification of the language:
Worrorran family, Ungarinyinic group
Identification codes:
AIAS: K26
Oates 1973: 46.3b
Capell: K15
Present number and distribution of speakers:
Not known
People who have worked intensively on the language:
No one
Practical orthography:
None
Word lists:
Capell (1940); Capell & Coate (1984) contains some kin terms.
Textual material:
Capell (1972)
Grammar or sketch grammar:
None
Material available on the language:
Capell, A. 1940. The classification of languages in north and north-west Australia. Oceania 10. 241-272, 404-433.
_____ .1972a. Cave painting myths: northern Kimberley. (Oceania Linguistic Monographs, 18) Sydney: University of Sydney.
_____ .1972b. The languages of the northern Kimberley, W.A.: some structural principles. Oceania 43. 54-65.
Capell, A. & Coate, H.H.J. 1984. Comparative studies in northern Kimberley languages. Canberra: PL, C-69.
Language programme:
None
Language learning material:
None
Literacy material:
None

McGregor, William. 1988 Handbook of Kimberley Languages. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics. © Author.

AIATSIS gratefully acknowledge William McGregor for permission to use his material in AUSTLANG.

Programs
Activities: 
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People: 
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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 CollectionLess than 20 pages1
GrammarNone0
Audio-visualNone0
Manuscript note: 
tape transcription/field note available (Nekes) - unclear status
Grammar: 
-
Dictionary: 
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Classification
SourceFamilyGroupSub-groupNameRelationship
Ethnologue (2005)WororanNgarinyin [Wolyamidi]Ngarinyin [dialects: Wilawila, Wolyamidi, Guwidj, Wurla (Worla, Worlaja, Wula, Ola, Walar, Wuladja, Wuladjangari)]
Dixon (2002)NORTH KIMBERLEY AREAL GROUPWolyamidiUngarinjin Rumsey (1982a) further dialects: Guwidj (Orla), Waladja, Ngarnawu, Andadjin, Munumburru, Wolyamidi, Waladjangarri
Wurm (1994)WororanUngarinjinicWolyamidi
Walsh (1981)WororanUngarinjinicWolyamidi
Oates (1975)WororanNgarinjinicWoljamidi
Wurm (1972)WororanNgarinyinicWolyamidi
O'Grady, Voegelin and Voegelin (1966)WororanUngarinyinicWolyamidi