N69: Kunbarlang

AIATSIS code: 
N69
AIATSIS reference name: 
Kunbarlang

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Name
ABN name
Kunbarlang language (Previously Warlang language)
ABS name
Kunbarlang
Horton name
Gunbalang
Ethnologue name
Kunbarlang
ISO 639-3 code
wlg
Tindale name
Gambalang
Thesaurus heading language
Kunbarlang language N69
Thesaurus heading (old)
Kunbarlang / Gunbalang language (N69) (NT SD53-02)
Tindale (1974)
Gunbalang, Gunbulan, Walang.
O'Grady et al (1966)
Glottocode
kunb1251
Other sources
Gunbarlang, Gunba:lan, Gunba:lang, Gunbalong, Walang [Top End Handbook]
Synonyms
Gunbarlang, Gunbalang, Gambalanga, Walang, Gambalang, Geimbio, Gimbarlang, Gunba:lang, Gunbalag, Gunbalong, Gunbulan, Gurmadja madja, Warlang, Gunba:lan
Comment
Comments: 
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*, Marranumbe N166* and Gunguluwala N172* as Gunbarlang (N69) speaking people, and among them she recognises at least Djimbilirri N168*, Gurrigurri N174* and Gungluwala N185* as speaing their own dialects.
References: 
  • Coleman, Carolyn. Kunbarlang [electronic resource] (ASEDA 0640).
  • Coleman, Carolyn. 1982. A grammar of Gunbarlang with special reference to grammatical relations, Australian National University: BA (Hons). (MS 1755).
  • Harris, Joy. 1969. Preliminary grammar of
  • Harvey, Mark. 2008. Non-Pama-Nyungan Languages: land-language associations at colonisation. AILEC 0802.
Status: 
Confirmed
Location
State / Territory: 
NT
Location information: 
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 ASEDA 802).
Maps: 
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Catalogue
Links
Programs
Activities: 
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People: 
Carolyn Coleman, Joy Harris, Maningrida Literature Production Centre
Indigenous organisations: 
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Speakers
Year Source Speaker numbers
1975Oatesexist
1984Senate-
1990Schmidt100
1996Census-
2001Census-
2004NILS-
2005Estimate-
2006Census19
2011Census20
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 Less than 20 pages 1
Text Collection Medium (100-200 pages) 3
Grammar Large grammar (more than 200 pages) 4
Audio-visual 1-10 2
Manuscript note: 
tape transcription/field note available
Grammar: 

Coleman, Carolyn. 1982. A grammar of Gunbarlang with special reference to grammatical relations, Australian National University: BA (Hons.)

Dictionary: 
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Classification
Source Family Group Sub-group Name Relationship
Ethnologue (2005) Gunwingguan Gunwinggic Kunbarlang
Dixon (2002) ARNHEM LAND GROUP Gunwinjgu-Gunbarlang group Gunbarlang Gunbarlang Coleman (1982) dialects: Djimbilirri, Gurrigurri, Gumunggurdu, Marrabanggu, Marranumbu, Gunguluwala
Wurm (1994) Gunwinyguan Gunwinygic Warlang
Walsh (1981) Gunwinyguan Gunwinygic Warlang
Oates (1975) Gunwingguan Gunwinjgic Bininj Gunbalang
Wurm (1972) Gunwingguan Gunwinggic Gunbalang
O'Grady, Voegelin and Voegelin (1966) Gunwingguan Gunwinggic Girdimarg Gunbalang