Y74: Gugu Yawa

AIATSIS code: 
Y74
AIATSIS reference name: 
Gugu Yawa

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Name
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ABS name
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Horton name
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ISO 639-3 code
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Tindale name
Kokojawa
Thesaurus heading language
Gugu Yawa language Y74
Thesaurus heading (old)
Gugu Yawa language (Y74) (Qld SD55-13)
Tindale (1974)
Djauan (valid alternative), Kokorarmul, Jouon, AkuRarmul, Bindaga (general term applied to this and several other tribes in the area south of Princess Charlotte Bay).
O'Grady et al (1966)
Glottocode
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Other sources
Possum Language, Agu Alwon (Agu Alaya/Kuku Thaypan name), Kuku Yawa (Kuku Yalanji name, means 'Possum Language'), Uw Anbu (in Olkola); Koogo-yowa (Palmer 1882), Kuku Ulan [Rigsby 2006 p.c.] Koko-Possem [Sommer MS 809]
Synonyms
Anggul, Fulgola, Ok Anggul, Jawa, Kokojawa, Possum Language, Agu Alwon, Kuku Yawa, Uw Anbu; Koogo yowa, Kuku Ulan, Koko Yawa, Djauan, Kokorarmul, Jouon, AkuRarmul, Bindaga
Comment
Comments: 
Kuku Jawa (Y74) is one of the Kuku Mini Y94 varieties, including Ogo (Ogh) Alungul Y199, Ogo (Ogh) Anggula Y197, Ogh Ikaranggal Y198, Uw Olem Y208 / Agu Adhaw Y208 (or Y93?) and also affiliated with Ogh Undjan Y206, Ogh Awarangg Y201 and Goginy. Kuku Mini is also known as the 'Possum language' and some varieties are named as such by other language groups: Yawa (Y74)means 'possum' in Kuku Yalanji Y78; Alwon (Y74) in Kuku Thaypan Y84; and Anbu (Y74) in Olkola language Y73 (Rigsby, p.c. 2007). Rigsby says that Kuku Mini is a language name whose reference is shifting, variable and wide-ranging and that it signifies languages situated on the mainland south of Flinders Island all the way south to Normanton. While its literal meaning is 'good language', in some contexts the inference is closer to 'intelligible, spoken by friends' (2005:138, 142).
References: 
  • Capell, Arthur. 1963. Linguistic survey of Australia. Canberra: Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies.
  • Dixon, R. M. W. 2002. Australian languages: their nature and development: Cambridge Language Surveys. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Rigsby, Bruce. 2005. The languages of eastern Cape York Peninsula and linguistic anthropology. In Donald Thomson : the man and scholar, Bruce Rigsby and Nicolas Peterson (eds). Canberra : Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia with support from Museum Victoria.
  • Sommer, B. A. 1972. Field notes comprising transcriptions of word lists with names of informants, field tape & archive tape numbers; languages covered. (001448/MS 809)
  • Sommer, B.A. 1976. W.E. Roths Peninsular vocabularies. In Sutton (ed.) Languages of Cape York. Canberra: AIAS.
  • Tindale, Norman B. 1974. Tribal boundaries in Aboriginal Australia. University of California Press/ANU Press.
  • West, L. 1965. Language elicitation, sign language documentation and songs from north Queensland. Audio recordings with documentation. (S0001083/ WEST_L02-001448)
Status: 
Confirmed
Location
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QLD
Location information: 
Southeast of Morehead River to Laura; south to North Palmer River and the Great Dividing Range; upper Mosman and Kennedy rivers (Tindale 1974). East of Morehead River to Laura; south to Great Dividing Range; Upper Hann and Kennedy Rivers. (Capell 1963).
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Speakers
Year Source Speaker numbers
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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
TypeDocumentation StatusDocumentation Score
Word listNone0
Text CollectionNone0
GrammarNone0
Audio-visual1 (unclear status)
Manuscript note: 
tape transcription/field note available
Grammar: 
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Dictionary: 
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Classification
SourceFamilyGroupSub-groupNameRelationship
Ethnologue (2005)
Dixon (2002)
Wurm (1994)
Walsh (1981)
Oates (1975)Pama-NyunganYalanjicJawa
Wurm (1972)Pama-NyunganYalanjicKoko Yawa
O'Grady, Voegelin and Voegelin (1966)