K32: Yiiji

AIATSIS Code: 
K32
AIATSIS Reference name: 
Yiiji

tab group

Name
ABN Name
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ABS Name
Kimberley Area Languages, nec (Yiiji)
Horton Name
Yiiji
Ethnologue name
Wunambal (Yeidji)
ISO 639-3 code
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Tindale name
Jeidji
Thesaurus heading
Yiiji language (K32) (WA SD52-14)
Tindale (1974)
Yeidji, Yeithi, Gwi:ni, Gwini, Kuini ('easterners,' name applied by the people at Kalumburu Mission), Kujini, Gu:jini, Ombalkari (place name east of the Forrest River Mission), Umbalgari, Miwu (said to be language name), Miwadange ('saltwater people'), Waringnari (error for Waringari, has a derogatory meaning, implying cannibalism), Morokorei (name of horde at Forrest River Mission).
O'Grady et al (1966)
Glottocode
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Other sources
Synonyms
Yiidji
Forrest River
Kimberley Area Languages
Wunambal
Yeidji
Jeidji
Yeithi
Gujini
Gwini
Jeithi
Kuini
Kujini
Miwadange
Miwu
Morokorei
Ombalkari
Pikkolatpan
Umbalgari
Waringnari
Yeidthee
Yeeji
Yedji
Bugay
Comment
Language comment
Yiiji is a non-Pama-Nyungan language of the Worrorran family, specifically Northern Worrorran, along with Miwa K44; Gunin/Kwini K36; Gambera K39; Wilawila K35; Wunambal K22; and (tentitively) Gulunggulu K59 (McGregor & Rumsey, 2009:8). The languages of the Forrest River area appear to be very closely related. Jones (2006) equates Yeiji (K32), Gunin K36, Wunambal K22, Arruwarri K28 and 'Bamberre', stating that they are simply different names for the same language, which she calls the Forrest River Language. Tindale (1974:153) also reports that 'the Jeidji (K32) people living near the Forrest River Mission, sometimes called Gwini K36, have also been termed Miwa K44'. Capell (1972:157) comments that he found no 'native term' for the various dialects of the Forrest River area, but that Gwini had sometimes been used.
References

Capell, Arthur. 1972. Cave painting myths: Northern Kimberley. Oceania and linguistic monographs no. 18. Sydney: University of Sydney. (B C238.30/C2)
Dixon, R. M. W. 2002. Australian languages: their nature and development: Cambridge Language Surveys. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Jones, Barbara. 2006. The Forrest River language: a book about the indigenous language of the Forrest River region. Halls Creek, WA: Kimberley Language Resource Centre.
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
Forrest River from seacoast of Cambridge Gulf to Milligan ranges; south to Steere Hills; north to Mount Carty and Lyne River (Tindale 1974).
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: 
3
Documentation table: 
TypeDocumentation StatusDocumentation Score
Word listLess than 20 pages1
Text CollectionNone0
GrammarNone0
Audio-visual1-102
Manuscript Note: 
not available
Grammar: 
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Dictionary: 
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Programs
Activities: 
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People: 
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Indigenous organisations: 
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Classification
Classification table: 
SourceFamilyGroupSub-groupNameRelationship
Ethnologue (2005)WororanWunambal (Yeidji)
Dixon (2002)NORTH KIMBERLEY AREAL GROUPYiidji (=Forrest River)Wunambal McGregor (1993) further dialects: Wilawila, Gamberre, Kwini (=Gunin), Ginan, Miwa (=Bagu), Yiidji (=Forrest River)
Wurm (1994)
Walsh (1981)
Oates (1975)WororanWunambalicJeidji
Wurm (1972)
O'Grady, Voegelin & Voegelin (1966)