S17: WERGAIA

AIATSIS Code: 
S17
AIATSIS Reference name: 
WERGAIA

tab group

Name
ABN Name
Wergaia language
ABS Name
Wergaia
Horton Name
Wergaia
Ethnologue name
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ISO 639-3 code
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Tindale name
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Thesaurus heading language
Wergaia language S17
Thesaurus heading (old)
Wergaia / Wotjobaluk language (S17) (Vic SI54-15)
Tindale (1974)
O'Grady et al (1966)
Glottocode
-
Other sources
Wergaia, Warka tyalli, Weika tyalli, Wakaua, Mirdiragoort: evidently related to Wotti-wotti dialect (seens as a var/allt. of Warkawarka by Tindale 1940, 1974), Wirtu, Wirtoo, Wengen-marongeitch (seen as var/alt of Warkawarka by Tindale 1974), Wereka-tyalli, Wereka, Worgaia, Wergaya, Wergaia (Clark lists more but his 2005 papers says that the reduplicated forms are alternatives of Wekiweki, which he recognises as a separate language.) [Clark 1990:339]
Synonyms
Wergaia
Wergaya
Jupagalk
Maligundidj
Warke Warke
Wotjobalek
Buibatjali
Buibatyalli
Djadjala
Gnallbagootchyourl
Gourrbaluk
Iyattyala
Kurm me lak
Malikunditji
Malleegunditch
Tjatijala
Tyattyalla
Wattyabullak
Wimmera tribe
Woitu bullar
Worjoballuk
Wotjo ba laiuruk
Wotjobaluk
Woychibirik
Wudjubalug
Wuttyabullak
Wuttyuballeak
Warka tyalli
Weika tyalli
Wakaua
Mirdiragoort: evidently related to Wotti wotti dialect
Wirtu
Wirtoo
Wengen marongeitch
Wereka tyalli
Wereka
Worgaia
Comment
Language comment
References

Clark, Ian. 2005. Aboriginal language areas in Victoria - a reconstruction: a report to Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages. Melbourne: Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages.
Hercus, Luise. 1986. Outline of the Wergaia Language: Djadjala Dialect. In Victorian languages: a late survey, ed. Luise Hercus. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.
Howitt, Alfred William. 1904. The native tribes of south-east Australia. London: Macmillan.
Oates, Lynette F. 1975. The 1973 supplement to a revised linguistic survey of Australia. Armidale: Armidale Christian Book Centre
Oates, William J., and Lynette F. Oates. 1970. A revised linguistic survey of Australia: Australian Aboriginal Studies 33, Linguistic Series 12. Canberra: AIAS.
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Status
Confirmed
Location
State
VIC
Location information
The Wergaia language was originally spoken over a wide area in the north-west of Victoria from Dimboola to Lake Hindmarsh and Lake Albacutya along the Wimmera River, and from Yanac to Warracknabeal. The speakers of Wergaia and several smaller associated groups formed the Wudjubalug group of tribes, called Wotjobaluk by Howitt (Howitt 1904:55 as quoted in Hercus 1986).
Maps
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Catalogue
Programs
Activities: 
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People: 
Julie Reid
Indigenous organisations: 
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Speakers
Speaker table
Oates 1973 Senate 1984 Schmidt 1990 Census 1996 Census 2001 NILS 2004 2005 estimate Census 2006
- - - - - <10 5 -
Speaker NILS table
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1-19 years 20-39 years 40-59 years 60+
NILS endangerment grade
0
Documentation
Document Score: 
7
Documentation table: 
Type Documentation Status Documentation Score
Word list Small (20-100 pages) 2
Text Collection None 0
Grammar Sketch grammar (less than 100 pages) 2
Audio-visual More than 10 3
Manuscript Note: 
not available
Grammar: 
Reid, Julie. 2008. Wergaia Community Grammar, ms.
Dictionary: 
Reid, Julie. 2008. Wergaia Community Dictionary.
Classification
Classification table: 
Source Family Group Sub-group Name Relationship
Ethnologue (2005)          
Dixon (2002)   WEST VICTORIAN AREAL GROUP Kulin subgroup* Wergaya Wemba-Wemba Hercus (1986) further dialects: Baraba-Baraba, Madhi-Madhi, Wadi-Wadi, Ladji-Ladji, Nari-Nari, Wergaya, Djadjala, Wutjabulak, Martijali, Buibatyalli, Nundatyalli, Jab-wurrung, Pirt-Koopen-Noot, Jaja-wurrung
Wurm (1994)          
Walsh (1981) Pama-Nyungan Kulinic Kulin Wotjobaluk (Wergaia) Wemba Wemba [dialects: Wemba Wemba, Watiwati, Baraparapa, Wotjobaluk (Wergaia), Warkawarka, Latjilatji, Yariyari, Yaadwa, Yaara, Yugapulk]
Oates (1975) Pama-Nyungan Kulinic Kulin Wergaia (Wotjobaluk)  
Wurm (1972) Pama-Nyungan Kulinic Kulin Wergaia (Worgaia, Wotjobaluk, Wudjubalug)  
O'Grady, Voegelin & Voegelin (1966)          
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