N42.1: Bugurnidja

AIATSIS code: 
N42.1
AIATSIS reference name: 
Bugurnidja

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Name
ABN name
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Horton name
Bukurnidja
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Thesaurus heading language
Bugurnidja language N42.1
Thesaurus heading (old)
Bugurnidja language (N42.1) (NT SD53-05)
Tindale (1974)
O'Grady et al (1966)
Glottocode
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Other sources
Bukurni:dja, Barnidja (the name of 'Goose camp', one of the principal place in Bugurnidja country), Puneitja [Top End Handbook] Bukurnidja [Harvey PMS 5822]
Synonyms
Bugurndidja, Bukurnidja, Banidja, Buneidja, Puneitja, Wada, Watta, Bin gongina, Bingongina, Bugongidja, Bugunidja, Bukurni:dja, Barnidja
Comment
Comments: 
The data for Bugurnidja are scarce. This group is mentioned in Elkin, Berndt and Berndt '... South-west of Oenpelli near Bamboo Creek were the Ambugula (or Numbugala) N43, while at the top of the Alligator River the Banidja (or Buneidja) (N42.1) language was spoken; between these groups and further south-west were the Wada N51, Widjilig N52, Bugo?idja (N42.1), ?umbu N40.1, Gundudj N56, Bugula N43 and south Djauun N57... '(1951:255). Tindale treats Peneitja (N42.1) and Minnitji N42 as referring to the same language. Oates (1975:31) treats Limilngan N42 Manidja / Manitja N42 and Buneidja (N42.1) as referring to the same language. Evans recorded some Bukurnidja (N42.1) language from a consultant who lived at Patonga and notes the similarity with Ngomburr N40.1 / Umbukarla N43, which the consultant also spoke (in Harvey, 1992). Harvey (1992) includes an alternate name Banidja (N42.1) for this language. Later, Harvey tentatively classifies Bugurnidja (N42.1) as a variety of Umbugarla, including Umbugarla proper N43 and Ngombur N40.1 (Harvey, 2002:14).
References: 
  • Baker, Brett. New Top End Handbook (FileMaker database). (ASEDA 0626).
  • Elkin, AP, Berndt, RM CH Berndt. 1951. Oceania v.21, no. 4; [253]-301.
  • Harvey, Mark. 1992. Darwin area languages. PMS 5822.
  • Harvey, Mark. 2002. A grammar of Gaagudju. Berlin / New York: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • Harvey, Mark. 2008. Non-Pama-Nyungan Languages: land-language associations at colonisation. AILEC 0802.
  • Oates, Lynette F. 1975. The 1973 supplement to a revised linguistic survey of Australia. Armidale: Armidale Christian Book Centre.
Status: 
Confirmed
Location
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NT
Location information: 
Lower Nourlangie Creek (Top End Handbook). The general association was to the drainage of Nourlangie Creek from its junction with the South Alligator to about Mt Cahill (Harvey ASEDA 802).
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Speakers
Year Source Speaker numbers
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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).

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Classification
SourceFamilyGroupSub-groupNameRelationship
Ethnologue (2005)
Dixon (2002)DARWIN REGION GROUPBugurndidjaUmbugarla further dialects: Bugurndidja, Ngumbur
Wurm (1994)UnclassifiedBugunidja
Walsh (1981)unclassifiedBugunidja
Oates (1975)Bugongidja
Wurm (1972)
O'Grady, Voegelin and Voegelin (1966)