Dixon (2002) and Walsh (1981) treat Muk-Thang (S49) as a dialect of Ganai S68.
Clark analysed the primary and secondary sources of information on the boundaries of the Birrdhawal (S49) language and neighbouring Krauatangalung S48 language. He concludes that, contrary to Wesson's (1994, 2000, 2002) work, and supporting Fesl's (1985) and Thompson's (1985) findings, 'the Birrdhawal were land-locked and did not have any coastline as a southern boundary', and that 'the strip of coastal land between the Snowy River and Point Hicks or Wingan Inlet' belonged to the Krauatangalung (2011:38-49).
After identifying Birrdhawal's (S49) relationship to Ganai S68 as a central linguistic issue, Clark compiled lexicostatistics on limited available data for Birrdhawal and Ganai (as well as Thawa S52 and Ngarigu S46) 2011:36-38). He found 51 per cent common vocabulary, suggesting either languages in the same subgroup or dialects of the same language. He acknowledges the uncertainty of this analysis, based as it is on such limited data, concurring with Wafer and Lissarrague's conclusions that 'for present purposes we treat it as being distinct from other Victorian Border languages...it is unlikely to be a linguistic isolate, and the evidence suggests that it is most likely related to Kurnai (Ganaay)' (2008:95).
Note that Howitt (1996 1904:79-81) says the Bidawal language is a mixture of Kurnai S68, Ngarigo S46 and 'Murring' (i.e. a Yuin language).
Coast between Green Cape, N.S.W., and Cape Everard (Point Hicks); inland to Delegate, N.S.W., and on headwaters of Cann and Bern rivers, chiefly in rain forest and wet sclerophyll country inhospitable to others (Tindale 1974).
The Birrdhawal people are generally associated with the localities of Bendoc, Bondi, Mt Delegate and the head waters of Cann River. (Clark 2011:34).
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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).