L36: Pirriya

AIATSIS code: 
L36
AIATSIS reference name: 
Pirriya

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Name
ABN name
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ABS name
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Horton name
Birria
Ethnologue name
Kunggari [Birria]
ISO 639-3 code
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Tindale name
Bidia
Thesaurus heading language
Pirriya language L36
Thesaurus heading (old)
Birria / Biria / Pirriya language (L36) (Qld SG54-08)
Tindale (1974)
Biria, Birria, Piria.
O'Grady et al (1966)
Birria, Piria
Glottocode
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Other sources
Synonyms
Bidia, Kunggari, Birria, Bidia, Kulumali, Kungadutji, Marulta, Biria, Piria
Comment
Comments: 
The classification of Pirriya is uncertain. Breen (1990) says that Pirriya and Kungkari L38, a neighbouring language, are unlikely to be closely related to one another. Pirriya should not be confused with Biri E56, both of which have at times been known as 'Birria'.
References: 
  • Breen, Gavan. 1990. Salvage studies of Western Queensland Aboriginal languages: Pacific Linguistics B-105. 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 / Territory: 
QLD
Location information: 
Coopers Creek (as in Tindale but Tindale's description extends further east and south than Curr's, while Curr's extends furhter west than Tindale's, Curr's: western bank of the Thomson, extends from Jundah to the confluence of the Thomson and Barcoo, and further for fifty miles down Coopers Creek. Their territory stretches back forth miles from the rivers in the direction of the Diamantina.) (Breen 1990:6). Western side of Thomson River and Cooper Creek, from Jundah to near Gilpeppee; east to Keeroongooloo and Canaway Range; west to Whitula Creek (Tindale 1974).
Maps: 
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Catalogue
Links
Programs
Activities: 
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People: 
Gavan Breen
Indigenous organisations: 
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Speakers
Year Source Speaker numbers
1975Oates0
1984Senate-
1990Schmidt-
1996Census-
2001Census-
2004NILS-
2005Estimate-
2006Census-
2011Census-
2016Census-

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).

Documentation
TypeDocumentation StatusDocumentation Score
Word listLess than 20 pages1
Text CollectionNone0
GrammarA few articles1
Audio-visualNone0
Manuscript note: 
tape transcription/field note available
Grammar: 
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Dictionary: 
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Classification
SourceFamilyGroupSub-groupNameRelationship
Ethnologue (2005)Pama-NyunganMaricKunggari [Birria]Kunggari [dialects: Related to Birria, which may be extinct.]
Dixon (2002)GREATER MARIC GROUPKungkari/Pirriya groupPirriya (or Bidia)Pirriya (or Bidia)
Wurm (1994)
Walsh (1981)Pama-NyunganMaricKapuBiria
Oates (1975)Pama-NyunganMaricKapuBirria
Wurm (1972)Pama-NyunganDiericKarnaBidia
O'Grady, Voegelin and Voegelin (1966)Pama-NyunganDiericKarnaBidia