K5: Bunuba

AIATSIS Code: 
K5
AIATSIS Reference name: 
Bunuba

tab group

Name
ABN Name
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ABS Name
Bunuba
Horton Name
Punuba
Ethnologue name
Bunaba
ISO 639-3 code
bck
Tindale name
Punaba
Thesaurus heading
Bunuba / Punuba language (K5) (WA SE 51-08)
Tindale (1974)
Bunaba, Punamba (of Ngarinjin), Kunamba (derogatory version by other tribespeople, 'kuna = dung), Bunapa, Booneba.
O'Grady et al (1966)
Bunapa, Punaba
Glottocode
buna1275
Other sources
Bunapa, Punaba, Buniba, Bunaba, Bunuba [Rumsey 2000]
Synonyms
Bunaba
Punuba
Punaba
Booneba
Boonooba
Bunapa
Kunamba
Punamba
Punapa
Punupa
Buniba
Comment
Language comment
Capell (1940:416) identifies two dialects of this language, an eastern dialect and a western dialect. Knight (2004:4-5) says that these dialects differ in pronunciation rather than grammar and that the differences are very minor. She notes that, while Capell (1940) and O'Grady, Voegelin & Voegelin (1966) claim extensive differences between the tense systems of the two dialect, there is no 'contemporary evidence' of this difference. McGregor (2004) explains that Bunuba is closely related to Gooniyandi (K6), and that they are not mutually intelligible, though many speakers are bilingual in both languages.
References

Capell, Arthur. 1940. The classification of languages in north and north-west Australia. Oceania 10(3):241-272; 10(4):404-433.
Harvey, Mark. 2008. Non-Pama-Nyungan Languages: land-language associations at colonisation. AILEC 0802.
Knight, Emily. 2004. Aspects of Bunuba grammar and semantics, University of New England: MA. (MS 4161).
McGregor, William. 2004. The languages of the Kimberley, Western Australia. New York: RoutledgeCurzon.
O’Grady, G. N., C. F. Voegelin and F. M. Voegelin. 1966. Languages of the world: Indo-Pacific fascicle six. Anthropological Linguistics 8(2).
Rumsey, Alan. 2000. Bunuba. In Handbook of Australian languages, vol. 5, eds R.M.W. Dixon and Barry J. Blake, 34-152. Melbourne: Oxford University Press.

Status
Confirmed
Location
State
WA
Location information
The Bunuba language belongs to a large region in the sourthern Kimberley bounded (very roughly) by the Fitzroy River to the south-east, the Leopold Range to the north-east, the Oscar Range to the south-west, and the Napier Range to the north-west (Rumsey 2000:36). Most of Bunuba speakers currently live in Fitzroy Crossing, either at Junjuwa, a housing block on the Crossing town site about two kilometers to the south (Rumsey 2000:37). The general territorial association was from the Oscar Range and Brooking Springs homestead in the south to Mt Broome and Stony Creek in the north.Sources in 2007 confirmed these boundaries, with the explicit addition that Fairfield homestead and Tunnel Creek were associated with Bunuba (Harvey ASEDA 802).
Maps
-
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
-
Documentation
Document Score: 
12
Documentation table: 
TypeDocumentation StatusDocumentation Score
Word listLess than 20 pages1
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: 
Knight, Emily. 2004. Aspects of Bunuba grammar and semantics, University of New England: MA. Rumsey, Alan. 2000. Bunuba. In Handbook of Australian languages, vol.5, eds. RMW Dixon and B Blake, 34-152. Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
Dictionary: 
-
Programs
Activities: 
Kimberley Language Resource Centre has produced Bunuba yarrangi thangani : an interactive program for teaching an indigenous language (2000). In 2003 Wesley College in Melbourne embarked on a collaborative curriculum development project with the Fitzroy Valley Community, producing units of study in Bunuba and Walmajarri langauge and culture. The program has been successful and further collaborations are underway. (Oscar and Anderson 2009)
People: 
Patsy Bedford, Howard Coate, Emily Knight, Alan Rumsey, Anthony Peile
Indigenous organisations: 
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Classification
Classification table: 
SourceFamilyGroupSub-groupNameRelationship
Ethnologue (2005)BunabanBunaba
Dixon (2002)SOUTH KIMBERLEY SUBGROUP*Bunuba (Bunaba)Bunuba (Bunaba) Rumsey (2000)
Wurm (1994)BunabanBunabaBunaba
Walsh (1981)BunabanBunabicBunaba
Oates (1975)BunabanBunabicBunaba
Wurm (1972)BunabanBunabicBunaba
O'Grady, Voegelin & Voegelin (1966)BunabanBunabicBunaba