Y22: Kuuku Ya'u

AIATSIS code: 
Y22
AIATSIS reference name: 
Kuuku Ya'u

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Name
Thesaurus heading language
Thesaurus heading people
ABN name
-
ABS name
Kuuku-Ya'u
Horton name
Kuuku-ya'u
Ethnologue name
Kuuku-Ya'u
ISO 639-3 code
kuy
Tindale name
Pakadji
Tindale (1974)
Yao, Ya'o, Koko Ya':o, Koka-yao (term applied by southern tribes), ? Makadama.
O'Grady et al (1966)
Glottocode
kuuk1238
Other sources
Kuuk-Yak (Kuuk-Thaayorre name) [Alpher, p.c. 2006]
Synonyms
Kuuku Yau, Kuuku yau, Pakadji, Gugu Yau, Guugu YauBagadji, Jao, Kao Kokoyao, Koka yao, Koko Ya:o, KokoYao, Koko yao, Kuku Yau, Kuku Yao, Kuuk Yak, Makadama, Yao, Koko Yao
Comment
Comments: 

Kuuku Ya'u is part of a dialect complex with Umpila Y45 and Kaanju Y44 (Hill 2011:58).

 

References: 
  • Hill, Clair. 2011. Named and unnamed spaces: colour, kin and the environment in Umpila. Senses & Society 6(1):57-67.
  • Thompson, David. 1988. Lockhart River 'sand beach' language: an outline of Kuuku Ya'u and Umpila: Work Papers of SIL-AAIB, A 11. Darwin: Summer Institute of Linguistics.
Status: 
Confirmed
Location
State / Territory: 
QLD
Location information: 

Uu'ungun south to Claudie River and hinterland (Thompson 1988:2).

 

Maps: 
-
Links
Programs
Activities: 

The English Aboriginal Dictionary project has created a multimedia English-Umpila-Kuuku Ya'u dictionary (http://www.turtlelane.com.au/TLS/SignificantProjectsData.html#mmdictionary)

People: 
David Thompson, Wolfgang Laade, Lamont West
Indigenous organisations: 
-
Speakers
Year Source Speaker numbers
1975Oates-
1984Senate-
1990Schmidt-
1996Census8
2001Census9
2004NILS10?
2005Estimate9
2006Census13
2011Census11
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 Small (20-100 pages) 2
Text Collection Less than 20 pages 1
Grammar Sketch grammar (less than 100 pages) 2
Audio-visual 1-10 2
Manuscript note: 
tape transcription/field note available
Grammar: 

Thompson, David. 1988. Lockhart River sand beach language: an outline of Kuuku Ya'u and Umpila. Darwin:SIL.

Dictionary: 

Thompson, David. 1988. Lockhart River sand beach language: an outline of Kuuku Ya'u and Umpila. Darwin:SIL.

Classification
Source Family Group Sub-group Name Relationship
Ethnologue (2005) Pama-Nyungan Paman Northeastern Pama Kuuku-Ya'u  
Dixon (2002)   NORTH CAPE YORK SUBGROUP* Northern Paman subgroup* - Hale (1964, 1976b) Kuuku Ya'u Umpila Thompson (1988) further dialects: Kuuku Yani, Uutaalnganu, Kuuku Ya'u, Kuuku Iyu, Kaantju
Wurm (1994) Pama-Nyungan Paman   Kuuku-Ya'u  
Walsh (1981) Pama-Nyungan Paman North-Eastern Pama Kuuku-Ya?u  
Oates (1975) Pama-Nyungan   North-eastern Pama Gugu Ya?u  
Wurm (1972) Pama-Nyungan Pama-Maric Koko Ya'o? Koko Ya'o?  
O'Grady, Voegelin and Voegelin (1966)