N173: Kuninjku

AIATSIS code: 
N173
AIATSIS reference name: 
Kuninjku

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Name
ABN name
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ABS name
Kuninjku
Horton name
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Ethnologue name
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ISO 639-3 code
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Tindale name
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Thesaurus heading language
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Thesaurus heading (old)
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Tindale (1974)
O'Grady et al (1966)
Glottocode
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Other sources
Bininj Bulkay (Gundjeihmi term), Kunwinjku-Kunrayek (Kunwinjku term), Kuninjku, Kun-rayek and kayakki (Kuninjku terms), Na-kerlk and Buboyen (Kune terms), (m)an-kerlk, Kuninjku and Kune (Kundedjnjenghmi terms) [Garde 2002]
Synonyms
Guninjku, Bininj Bulkay, Kunwinjku Kunrayek, Kun rayek, kayakki, Na kerlk, Buboyen, an kerlk, Kune
Comment
Comments: 
Evans describes Kuninjku (N173) as a dialect of Bininj Gun-Wok N186, a term he introduced to describe the relationships between Kunwinjku N65, Gun-djeihmi N71, Kune Narayek and Kune Dulerayek N70, Gun-dedjnjenghmi N171 and Manyallaluk Mayali N44 (v:2003). Documentation on Bininj Gun-Wok N186 may be relevant.
References: 
  • Evans, Nicholas. 2003. Bininj Gun-wok: a pan-dialectal grammar of Mayali, Kunwinjku and Kune: Pacific Linguistics 541. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.
  • Coleman, Carolyn. 1995. Kuninjku Dictionary. (ASEDA 0639).
Status: 
Confirmed
Location
State / Territory: 
NT
Location information: 
Mann and Liverpool Rivers areas, most of whom live on small outstations 20-50km inland in the area between Oenpelli and Maningrida (Evans 2003:18).
Maps: 
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Catalogue
Links
Programs
Activities: 
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People: 
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Speakers
Year Source Speaker numbers
1975Oates-
1984Senate-
1990Schmidt-
1996Census-
2001Census-
2004NILS-
2005Estimate-
2006Census88
2011Census104
2016Census51

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 Medium (100-200 pages) 3
Text Collection None 0
Grammar None 0
Audio-visual None 0
Manuscript note: 
Grammar: 

Evans, Nicholas. 2003. Bininj Gun-Wok: a pan-dialectal grammar of Mayali, Kunwinjku and Kune: Pacific Linguistics 541, Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.

Dictionary: 
Coleman, Carolyn. 1995. Kuninjku Dictionary, ASEDA 0639. Garde, Murray. 2006. Kuninjku (Bininj Kun-wok) slash-coded word list, ASEDA 0799.
Classification
Source Family Group Sub-group Name Relationship
Ethnologue (2005)
Dixon (2002) ARNHEM LAND GROUP Gunwinjgu-Gunbarlang group Guninjku Gunwinjgu (or Mayali, or Bininj Gun-wok, or Neinggu) Oates (1964), Evans (1991, forthcoming) further dialects include: Guninjku, Gundjeihmi, Kune, Gundedjnjenghmi
Wurm (1994)
Walsh (1981)
Oates (1975)
Wurm (1972)
O'Grady, Voegelin and Voegelin (1966)