Nyulnyul is a non-Pama Nyungan language from north western Western Australia.
Jabirrjabirr is a non-Pama Nyungan language from north west Western Australia. McGregor classifies Jabirrjabirr as one of the Western Nyulnyulan languages, along with Bardi K15, Jawi K16, Nyulnyul K13, Nimanburru K9 and Ngumbarl K4. He contrasts these with the Eastern Nyulnyulan languages, Nyikina K3, Warrwa K10, Yawuru K1 and Jukun K2 (2010:209).
West coast of Dampier Peninsula from Sandy Point on Beagle Bay south to Cape Bertholet; inland for about 30 miles (50 km) (Tindale 1974). Price's Point to Carnot Bay (Stokes 1984:9).
Around the shores of Carnot Bay, Nodogon, on the Indian Ocean coast of the Dampier Peninsula (Nekes & Worms as cited in Harvey AILEC 0802). Did not think that Jabirr-Jabirr extended beyond Coulomb Point. This was also the view of another source (Bowern p.c. in Harvey AILEC 0802).
There is no detailed information on the territorial associations of Jabirr-Jabirr. Tindale describes Jabirr-Jabirr as almost extinct in 1953, and it had been an evanescent identity for a long time by 2007. All sources agree in attaching the name to Carnot Bay. Tindale's statement that Jabirr-Jabirr associations extended to Sandy Point on Beagle Bay is unlikely as Beagle Bay is generally agreed to be associated with Nyulnyul. Jabirr-Jabirr is generally described as south of Beagle Bay. Sandy Point is at the mouth of Beagle Bay. The next major point south on the coast is Low Sandy Point. Tindale's statement would more plausibly refer to Low Sandy Point rather than Sandy Point. Inland limits were inferred in accordance with drainage basins (Harvey AILEC 0802).
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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).