L9: Kuyani

AIATSIS code: 
L9
AIATSIS reference name: 
Kuyani

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Name
ABN name
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ABS name
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Horton name
Kuyani
Ethnologue name
Guyani
ISO 639-3 code
gvy
Tindale name
Kujani
Thesaurus heading language
Kuyani language L9
Thesaurus heading (old)
Kuyani / Guyani language (L9) (SA SH53-12)
Tindale (1974)
Kuyani, Kuyanni, Kwiani, Kwiana, Kooyiannie, Gujani, Owinia, Cooyiannie, Kooyeeunna, Kooteeunna, Nganitjidi (of Pangkala, 'those who sneak and kill by night'), Ngannityiddi, Ngannityddi, (? misprint).
O'Grady et al (1966)
Gujani, Kujani, Kuyanni, Kwiana, Kooyiannie, Cooyiannie, Kooyeeunna, Kooteeuna, Koonarie
Glottocode
guya1249
Other sources
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Synonyms
Guyani, Cooyiannie, Gujani, Kijani, Kiyani, Koonarie, Kooteeuna, Kooteeunna, Kooyeeunna, Kooyiannie, Kujani, Kuyanni, Kwiana, Kwiani, Nganitjidi, Ngannityddi, Ngannityiddi, Owinia
Comment
Comments: 

Kuyani is a member of the Thura-Yura L63 sub-group of Pama-Nyungan. Other members include Kaurna L3Ngadjuri L5Nukunu L4; Narangga L1; Barngala L6Adnyamathana L10Nauo L2 and Wirangu C1, which exhibits some differences with the Thura-Yura languages. One particular cultural-linguistic feature uniquely Thura-Yura is the use of ten birth-order names. Another are the regular pronoun forms unique to the sub-group (Simpson & Hercus 2004:179).

References: 
  • Hercus, Luise Anna. 1992. A Nukunu dictionary. Canberra: Department of Linguistics, The Faculties, Australian National University.
  • Hercus, Luise & Jane Simpson. 2001. The tragedy of Nauo. In Forty years on: Ken Hale and Australian languages, ed. Jane Simpson, et al., pp. 263-290. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.
  • Simpson, J & L Hercus. 2004. Thura-Yura as a subgroup, in (Bowern & Koch eds) Australian Languages : classification and the comparative method. Amsterdam/Philadelphia : John Benjamins.

  • Sutton, Peter. 1995. Country: Aboriginal boundaries and land ownership in Australia. Canberra: Aboriginal History Inc.
  • 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: 
SA
Location information: 

From Parachilna north to Marree on west side of Flinders Ranges; northeast to Murnpeowie; around north end of Lake Torrens; west to Turret Range and Andamooka, excluding Lake Torrens (Tindale 1974). The area immediately to the south of Coward Springs is Kuyani (Hercus in Sutton 1995:149).

Maps: 
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Catalogue
Links
Programs
Activities: 
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People: 
Peter Austin, Luise Hercus
Indigenous organisations: 
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Speakers
Year Source Speaker numbers
1975Oates-
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
Type Documentation Status Documentation Score
Word list None 0
Text Collection None 0
Grammar None 0
Audio-visual More than 10 3
Manuscript note: 
not available
Grammar: 
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Dictionary: 
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Classification
Source Family Group Sub-group Name Relationship
Ethnologue (2005) Pama-Nyungan South-West Yura Guyani Guyani [dialects: Close to Narungga.]
Dixon (2002)   SPENCER GULF BASIN AREAL GROUP Yura subgroup* Guyani Adjnjamathanha/Guyani Schebeck (1974) further dialect: Wailpi
Wurm (1994) Pama-Nyungan South-West   Guyani  
Walsh (1981) Pama-Nyungan South-West Yura Guyani  
Oates (1975) Pama-Nyungan Southern Western Desert Type Yura Guyani  
Wurm (1972) Pama-Nyungan Southwest (or Nyungic) Yura Kuyani  
O'Grady, Voegelin and Voegelin (1966) Pama-Nyungan Southwest Yura Kuyani