L13: ARABANA

AIATSIS Code: 
L13
AIATSIS Reference name: 
ARABANA

tab group

Name
ABN Name
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ABS Name
Arabana
Horton Name
Arabana
Ethnologue name
Arabana
ISO 639-3 code
ard
Tindale name
Arabana
Thesaurus heading
Arabana / Arabunna language (L13) (SA SH53-03)
Tindale (1974)
Ngarabana, Arabuna, Arrabunna, Arrabonna, Arubbinna, Arapina (Iliaura modern pronunciation), Arapani, Urapuna, Urabuna, Urabunna, Urroban, Rabuna (an aberrant Aranda pronunciation), Wangarabana (['wo?ka] = ['wa?ka] = talk or speech), Wongkurapuna, Wangarabunna, Wonkurabana, Jendakarangu (a horde near Coward Springs), Nulla, Yendakarangu, Peake tribe (a horde), Anna Creek tribe (a horde).
O'Grady et al (1966)
Arabuna, Arrabunna, Arrabonna, Arapani, Urapuna, Urabuna, Urabunna, Ngarabana, Rabuna, Wangarabana, Wongkurapuna, Wangarabunna,
Glottocode
arab1267
Other sources
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Synonyms
Arabana
Arabana/Wangkangurru
Anna Creek tribe
Arabuna
Arabunna
Arapani
Arapina
Arebana
Arrabonna
Arrabunna
Arubbinna
Jendakarangu
Ngarabana
Nulla
Peake tribe
Rabuna
Urabuna
Urabunna
Urapuna
Urroban
Wangarabana
Wangarabuna
Wangarabunna
Wongkurapuna
Wongpurapuna
Wonkurabana
Yendakarang
Yendakarangu
Comment
Language comment
Hercus (1994:6) says that, from a speaker perspective, though not technically, there are two distinct languages: Arabana and Wangkangurru L27. For the most part they are mutually intelligible, though they are substantially different. Arabana has three dialects: Piltapalta L53, which Hercus refers to as 'Arabana Proper', Wangkakupa L52 and Midhaliri L50.
References

Hercus, Luise Anna. 1994. A grammar of the Arabana-Wangkangurru language, Lake Eyre Basin, South Australia: Pacific Linguistics C-128. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.
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
SA
Location information
Neales River on the west side of Lake Eyre west to Stuart Range; Macumba Creek south to Coward Springs; at Oodnadatta, Lora Creek, Lake Cadibarrawirracanna, and the Peake. Their boundary with the Kokata on the west is marked by the margin of the scarp of the western tableland near Coober Pedy (Tindale 1974). the area to the west and north of Lake Eyre (for Arabana and Wangkanguru) (Hercus 1994:6).
Maps
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Catalogue
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Speakers
Speaker table
Oates 1973 Senate 1984 Schmidt 1990 Census 1996 Census 2001 NILS 2004 2005 estimate Census 2006
8 - - 23 6 250 6 21
Speaker NILS table
- - - -
1-19 years 20-39 years 40-59 years 60+
NILS endangerment grade
0
Documentation
Document Score: 
13
Documentation table: 
Type Documentation Status Documentation Score
Word list Large (more than 200 pages) 4
Text Collection Small (20-100 pages) 2
Grammar Large grammar (more than 200 pages) 4
Audio-visual More than 10 3
Manuscript Note: 
tape transcription/field note available
Grammar: 
Hercus, Luise. 1994. A grammar of the Arabana-Wangkangurru language Lake Eyre Basin, South Australia: Pacific Linguistics C128. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.
Dictionary: 
Hercus, Luise. Machine-readable files of Arabana and Wangkangurru vocabulary, ASEDA 0238.
Programs
Activities: 
South Australia. Dept. of Education and Children's Services produced a language learning CD-ROM (2005). Education Dept. of South Australia produced a teacher's guide (1991). A 500 page teaching framework for years R-10 aimed at revitalizing Arabana was produced in 2004 by the South Australian Department of Education and Children’s Services (Troy and Walsh 2010:177).
People: 
Luise Hercus, M. Millward, Bernhard Schebeck
Indigenous organisations: 
Classification
Classification table: 
Source Family Group Sub-group Name Relationship
Ethnologue (2005) Pama-Nyungan Karnic Palku Arabana  
Dixon (2002)   LAKE EYRE BASIN AREAL GROUP North and west Lake Eyre Basin group Blake and Breen (1971) Arabana/Wangkangurru Arabana/Wangkangurru Hercus (1994) further dialects: Pilta-Palta, Wangkakupa, Midlaliri, Mikiri-nganha
Wurm (1994) Pama-Nyungan Karnic   Arabana  
Walsh (1981) Pama-Nyungan Karnic Arabana-Wangganguru Arabana  
Oates (1975) Pama-Nyungan Karnic Narla Arabana  
Wurm (1972) Pama-Nyungan Arabanic   Arabana  
O'Grady, Voegelin & Voegelin (1966) Pama-Nyungan Arabanic   Arabana