Y206: Ogh Undjan

AIATSIS code: 
Y206
AIATSIS reference name: 
Ogh Undjan

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Name
ABN name
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ABS name
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Horton name
Kunjen (Okunjan)
Ethnologue name
Kunjen [Oykangand (Ogondyan)]
ISO 639-3 code
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Tindale name
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Thesaurus heading language
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Thesaurus heading (old)
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Tindale (1974)
O'Grady et al (1966)
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Other sources
Okunjan [Sommer 1969:3] Okundjain, Okuntjel [Sharp 1939:257] Kutjel, Kuritja:l [Tindale 1940:165] Wugundjal (with Okuntjal and Okunthain as other forms) [Capell 1963] Ogunyjan [Alpher] Ogh Undjan [Sommer 2006:7]
Synonyms
Kunjen, Okunjan
Comment
Comments: 
Ogunyjan (Y206) is classified as belonging to the Alaya-Athima language group, a set of initial-dropping languages not closely related to others of this type in the area. Alpher describes them in regional blocs, with Ogunyjan in the south-western bloc in the Dunbar Station area. Other members of this group include Awu Alaya (Kuku Thaypan) Y84 ; Aghu Tharrnggala Y65; Awu Arungu / Awu Alwang / Agu Aloja Y219; Ogh Alungul Y199; Kuku Mini Y94; Ogh Angkula 197; Ikarranggal Y198; Takalak Y125; Ogh Awarrangg Y201; Kokiny Y188; Athima Y237 (2016:41-42). Sommers describes this language as a dialect of Kunjen Y83 (2006, 1969); Rigsby notes that 'Kunjen' today signifies Uw Oykangand which is different from the classical variety which linguists identify as Ogo Uand#241;jan (Y206) (p.c. 2007).
References: 
  • Alpher, Barry. 2016. Connecting Thaypanic. In Land and Language in Cape York Peninsula and the Gulf Country, (eds) Jean-Christophe Verstraete and Diane Hafner. Amsterdam; Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company.
  • Sommer, Bruce A. 1969. Kunjen phonology: synchronic and diachronic: Pacific Linguistics B-11. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.Sommer, Bruce. 2006. Speaking Kunjen: an ethnography of Oykangand kinship and communication, the Cape York region of northern Queensland, Australia. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.
  • Sommer, Bruce. c1997. Ogh Undjan. PMS 5921
Status: 
Confirmed
Location
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QLD
Location information: 
Southern neighbour of Oykangand (Sommer 2006:7). Still spoken (partially) by a couple of people at Kowanyama; country is south of Dunbar on the Mitchell River - includes Mentana Yard (Sommer 2007 p.c.).
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Speakers
Year Source Speaker numbers
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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).

Documentation
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Classification
Source Family Group Sub-group Name Relationship
Ethnologue (2005) Pama-Nyungan Paman Central Pama Kunjen [Oykangand (Ogondyan)] Kunjen [dialects: Ulkulu, Oykangand (Olgol, Olgolo, Olgel, Ogondyan).]
Dixon (2002) WESTERN CAPE YORK PENINSULA AREAL GROUP Upper southwest Pama group Ogh-Undjan Ogh-Undjan further dialects: Kawarrang, Kokinj
Wurm (1994)
Walsh (1981)
Oates (1975) Pama-Nyungan Central Pama Ogh Undjan
Wurm (1972) Pama-Nyungan Pama-Maric Group Central Pama Okunjan
O'Grady, Voegelin and Voegelin (1966) Pama-Nyungan Pama-Maric Southern Paman Ogondyan