K9: Nimanburru

AIATSIS Code: 
K9
AIATSIS Reference name: 
Nimanburru

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Name
ABN Name
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ABS Name
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Horton Name
Nimanburu
Ethnologue name
Nimanbur
ISO 639-3 code
nmp
Tindale name
Nimanburu
Thesaurus heading
Nimanburu language (K9) (WA SE 51-07)
Tindale (1974)
Nimanboro, Nimanbur, Ninambur (typographical error), Wadiabulu (Njikena name).
O'Grady et al (1966)
Nimanboru
Glottocode
nima1245
Other sources
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Synonyms
Nimanbur
Nimanburu
Nimanboorroo
Nimanbor
Nimanboro
Nimanboru
Ninambur
Ninamburu
Wadiabulu
Nimarnbur
Comment
Language comment
McGregor (2010:209) categorises Nimanburru as one of the Western Nyulnyulan languages, along with Bardi K15, Jawi K16, Jabirrjabirr K8, Ngumbarl K4 and Nyulnyul K13. He contrasts these with the Eastern Nyulnyulan languages, Nyikina K3, Warrwa K10, Yawuru K1 and Jukun K2.
References

Harvey, Mark. 2008. Non-Pama-Nyungan Languages: land-language associations at colonisation. AILEC 0802.
McGregor, William B. 2010. The semantics, pragmatics and evolution of two verbless negative constructions in Nyulnyul. Oceanic Linguistics 49(1):205-232.
Stokes, Bronwyn. 1982. A description of Nyigina, a language of the West Kimberley, Western Australia (MFE/B52), Australian National University: PhD. (MFE/B52).
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
Coast of King Sound from Repulse Point south to include swamp plain at mouth of Fraser River; inland to its sources (Tindale 1974) around Mount Clarkson and Disaster Bay (Stokes 1984:9) The general associations were from Point Cunningham Peninsula to the divide between the Fraser and Logue Rivers. Northward limit: The southern side of the Point Cunningham Peninsula. Tindale does not include Goodenough Bay within Nimanburru country, instead assigning it to Nyulnyul. However, the materials from Nekes & Worms, and Bowern indicate that Goodenough Bay was associated with Nimanburru. In Mary Durack “The rock and the sand” (1969:32), in the discussion of the first missionary work in the 1880s, there is the following statement "From the beginning of their association he and his boy Knife had been working together on a dictionary of the Bard tribe. The Nimanboor people of Goodenough Bay, however … spoke a different tongue." Southward limit: Nyikina speakers reported Logue River as Nyikina. Nyikina speakers reported Nilli Bubbuca Well and Bulleura OC as the northernmost points of Nyikina country. Nyikina speakers reported Mt Clarkson as Nimanburru. Therefore sources in 2007 and older sources agree that the southern boundary of Nimanburru with Nyikina lay along the drainage divide between the Fraser River drainage – Nimanburru, and the Logue River drainage – Nyikina (Harvey ASEDA 802)
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
GrammarA few articles1
Audio-visualLess than 11
Manuscript Note: 
tape transcription/field note available
Grammar: 
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Dictionary: 
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Programs
Activities: 
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People: 
Anthony Peile
Indigenous organisations: 
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Classification
Classification table: 
SourceFamilyGroupSub-groupNameRelationship
Ethnologue (2005)NyulnyulanNimanbur
Dixon (2002)FITZROY RIVER SUBGROUP*NimanburruBaardi (or Baard) McGregor (1996), Aklif (1999) further dialects: Djawi, Njul-Njul, Djabirr-Djabirr, Ngumbarl, Nimanburru
Wurm (1994)NyulnyulanNimanbur
Walsh (1981)NyulnyulanNimanbur
Oates (1975)NjulnjulanNimanburu
Wurm (1972)NyulnyulanNimarnbur
O'Grady, Voegelin & Voegelin (1966)NyulunyulanNimanbur