Gunbarlang is a non-Pama Nyungan language of the Gunwinyguan language family. Coleman (1982) says there are different dialects of Gunbarlang (N69) but it is not clear how many. She lists Djimbilrri N168, Gurrigurri N174, Gumunggurdu N170, Marrabanggu N165, Marranumbu N166 and Gun.guluwala' N172 as Gunbarlang (N69) speaking peoples, and among them she recognises at least Djimbilirri, Gurrigurri and Gun.guluwala' as speaking different dialects, noting phonological and morphological differences between these varieties of Gunbarlang. Harris refers to three dialects 'associated with a geographical locality in the traditional country' (1969:1).
The country in which Gunbarlang is traditionally spoken extends westwards along the coast from the mouth of the Liverpool River (across the estuary from Marningrida Settement) to the mouth of the Goomadeer River (Coleman 1982: Introduction). The general associations were to the coast from the western side of the Liverpool River estuary to Iliwan Swamp and inland for about 20km (Harvey AILEC 0802).
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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).
Coleman, Carolyn. 1982. A grammar of Gunbarlang with special reference to grammatical relations, Australian National University: BA (Hons.)