See also Walajangarri K24 and Walar K45. According to the Kimberley Handbook, it is likely that Walajangarri K24 is an alternative name of Worla(ja) (K43).
Glasgow (PMS 656) also reports that Walar K45, Wula, Wuladja, and Wuladjangari K24 apparently refer to the same language.
In this database, Worla, Walajangarri K24 and Walar K45 are treated as the same language, and Walajangarri K24 and Walar K45 are subsumed under Worla.
Note that Capell (1966, K8) lists Andidja K23, Gwini K36, Walar K45 (that is, Wolar K43), Jeidji K32, Manungu K46 and Wembria K31 as all closely related dialects from the area watered by Forrest River and inland towards Drysdale River. However, this location appears to apply to only Gwini and Jeitji. Both McGregor (1993) and Tindale (1974) give the location of Worla as further to the south.
McGregor and Rumsey (2009:2) say that 'Guwij and Wurla are alternative names for a single variety', and indeed Rumsey (1982:viii) mentions 'speakers of the easterly 'Guwidj' or 'Ola' dialect' of Ungarinjin K18.
McGregor (1988:110) includes Worla in the Worrorran language group.
Mouth of Forrest River (Oates & Oates 1970:46). Eastward limit: Western side of the Tier and Saw Ranges. Speewah Mine associated with Wurla, but close to the eastern limit of Wurla. The middle part of the Chamberlain River valley was associated with Wurla.The upper part, from about the level of Wilson River, was associated with Gija. Northward limit: Western side of the Tier Ranges thence to about Mt Edith. The Cockburn Ranges, Emma Gorge, and Home Valley homestead were not associated with Wurla. Wurla came to just south of Home Vally homestead. Bindoola Creek drainage was associated with Wurla. Wurla affiliations were all south of the road which goes along the southern side of the Cockburn Ranges. Durack River homestead and Ellenbrae Creek drainage were associated with Wurla. Westward limit: Ellenbrae Creek drainage. Boxhole Yard on Chapman River, but Gibb River homestead associated with Ngarinyin. Boxhole Yard (Harris Ranges), Middle Yard (Harris Ranges), but most of upper Hann drainage associated with Ngarinyin. Southward limit: Philips Range, Wood Yard on Wood River, but Red Lake Yard, Tableland homestead, Top Chamerlain Yard all associated with Gija (Harvey ASEDA 802).
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).