K35: Wilawila

AIATSIS Code: 
K35
AIATSIS Reference name: 
Wilawila

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Name
ABN Name
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ABS Name
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Horton Name
Ngarinyin (Wilawila)
Ethnologue name
Wilawila
ISO 639-3 code
wil
Tindale name
Wilawila
Thesaurus heading
Wilawila language (K35) (WA SD52-09)
Tindale (1974)
Wular: (said to be a language name), Taib (horde on Carson River, also claims to be of Miwa tribe), Wulu, Taibange (member of Taib), Munumbara (horde on headwaters of Forrest River), Munumburu, Kalari: (horde on middle Drysdale River), Andedja (horde on southern tributaries of upper Forrest River), Andidja, Andadja, Piarngongo (horde at Mount Beatrice; there is also a horde of Ola tribe of Purunor moiety, and same name, south and southwest of Karunjie), ? Kundjanan, Kandjanan, ? Ullumbuloo.
O'Grady et al (1966)
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Glottocode
wila1240
Other sources
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Synonyms
Ngarinyin
Guwij
Munumburru
Ngarinjin
Ngarnawu
Ungarinjin
Wolyamidi
Andadja
Andedja
Andidja
Kalari
Kandjanan
Kundjanan
Munumbara
Munumburu
Piarngongo
Taib
Taibange
Ullumbuloo
WilaWila
Wular
Wulu
Wila Wila
Wular:
Kalari:
Comment
Language comment
Wilawila is a non-Pama-Nyungan language of the Worrorran family, specifically Northern Worrorran, along with Miwa K44; Gunin/Kwini K36; Gambera K39; Yiiji K32; Wunambal K22; and (tentitively) Gulunggulu K59 (McGregor & Rumsey, 2009:8). Coate & Oates (1970) say that Wilawila, spoken north of Ngarinjin K18, is a dialect of Ngarinjin. However, McGregor (1988) classifies this in the Wunambalic group of the Worroran family. This Wilawila does not seem to be the same Wilawila that Tindale discusses under his entry on Wunambal K22. Harvey (ASEDA 802) says Tindale's statements under Wunambal concerning Wilawila are unclear. Harvey further reports that in 2007 nobody recognised Wilawila as attaching to either the Osborne Islands or Carson River. Rather, they recognised it as attaching to Bigge Island and the Hunter River area on the coast opposite Bigge Island.
References

Coate, H., and L. Oates. 1970. A grammar of Ngarinjin, Western Australia: Australian Aboriginal Studies 25, Linguistic Series 10. Canberra: AIAS.
Harvey, Mark. 2008. Non-Pama-Nyungan Languages: land-language associations at colonisation. AILEC 0802.
McGregor, William. 1988. Handbook of Kimberley languages, vol. 1: General information: Pacific Linguistics C-105. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.
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.

Status
Potential Data
Location
State
WA
Location information
On Carson and middle Drysdale rivers from near Mount Connelly south to lower Gibb and Durack rivers; an inland tribe (Tindale 1974).
Maps
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Catalogue
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Speakers
Speaker table
Speaker NILS table
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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: 
Daisy Utemorrah (dec.)
Indigenous organisations: 
Classification
Classification table: 
SourceFamilyGroupSub-groupNameRelationship
Ethnologue (2005)WororanWilawilaNgarinyin [dialects: Wilawila, Wolyamidi, Guwidj, Wurla (Worla, Worlaja, Wula, Ola, Walar, Wuladja, Wuladjangari)]
Dixon (2002)NORTH KIMBERLEY AREAL GROUPWilawilaWunambal McGregor (1993) further dialects: Wilawila, Gamberre, Kwini (=Gunin), Ginan, Miwa (=Bagu), Yiidji (=Forrest River)
Wurm (1994)WororanUngarinjinicWilawila
Walsh (1981)WororanUngarinjinicWilawila
Oates (1975)WororanNgarinjinicWila-Wila
Wurm (1972)WororanNgarinyinicWilawila
O'Grady, Voegelin & Voegelin (1966)WororanUngarinyinicWilawila