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
Wergaia / Wotjobaluk language (S17) (Vic SI54-15)
Tindale (1974)
O'Grady et al (1966)
Glottocode
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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
Clark (2005:21-22) lists Wergaia as a language name and identifies the following four as possible dialects: Wudjubalug S88, Djadjala S22, Buibadjali S70 and Bewadjali S85. Oates and Oates (1970:132) list Wotjobaluk S70 as a separate language but, in her later work, Oates (1975:188) treats Wotjobaluk as an alternative name of S22 which she calls Wergaia, having deleted S17. In this database S22 is assigned to Djadjala, a dialect of Wergaia, and Wotjobaluk S88 is treated as a separate dialect. Clark (2014 p.c.) says that Wereka-tyalli and Wereka (previously treated as variants of Wergaia) are more likely to be alternatives for Bindjali S15.
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
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Speakers
Speaker table
Speaker NILS table
1-19 years20-39 years40-59 years60+
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NILS endangerment grade
0
Documentation
Document Score: 
7
Documentation table: 
TypeDocumentation StatusDocumentation Score
Word listSmall (20-100 pages)2
Text CollectionNone0
GrammarSketch grammar (less than 100 pages)2
Audio-visualMore than 103
Manuscript Note: 
not available
Grammar: 
Reid, Julie. 2008. Wergaia Community Grammar, ms.
Dictionary: 
Reid, Julie. 2008. Wergaia Community Dictionary.
Programs
Activities: 
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People: 
Julie Reid
Indigenous organisations: 
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Classification
Classification table: 
SourceFamilyGroupSub-groupNameRelationship
Ethnologue (2005)
Dixon (2002)WEST VICTORIAN AREAL GROUPKulin subgroup*WergayaWemba-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-NyunganKulinicKulinWotjobaluk (Wergaia)Wemba Wemba [dialects: Wemba Wemba, Watiwati, Baraparapa, Wotjobaluk (Wergaia), Warkawarka, Latjilatji, Yariyari, Yaadwa, Yaara, Yugapulk]
Oates (1975)Pama-NyunganKulinicKulinWergaia (Wotjobaluk)
Wurm (1972)Pama-NyunganKulinicKulinWergaia (Worgaia, Wotjobaluk, Wudjubalug)
O'Grady, Voegelin & Voegelin (1966)