Y85: Koko Bera

AIATSIS Code: 
Y85
AIATSIS Reference name: 
Koko Bera

tab group

Name
ABN Name
Kokoberra language (Koko-Bera language)
ABS Name
Koko-Bera
Horton Name
Koko-bera
Ethnologue name
Gugubera
ISO 639-3 code
kkp
Tindale name
Kokopera
Thesaurus heading
Koko Bera language (Y85) (Qld SD54-15)
Tindale (1974)
Koko-bera, Kukaberra, Kungkara (valid alternative), Konanin (name used by surrounding tribes), Goona-nin, Gunani, Gunanni, Goonamin, Goonamon, Koko papung, Kokopapun (misprint), Ba:bung [sic].
O'Grady et al (1966)
Kokobera
Glottocode
gugu1254
Other sources
Kok-Kaper, Kok-Per, (Yirrq-) Kongarrlh (Yir Yoront name), Kok-Kapér (Koko Bera name) [Alpher 2006 p.c.] Kok-Chel (possibly Kok-Kaper name for one of the Yirrk-Thangalkl "mobs") [Alpher 2007 p.c.]
Synonyms
Kok Kaber
Gugubera
Koko bera
Kokopera
Anavilla
Ba:bung
Babung
Badedj
Bera
Berang
Gogo Bera
Gonani:n
Goonamen
Goonamin
Goonamon
Goonanin
Gumani
Gunami
Gunani
Gunanni
Kok Per
Koko babung
Koko Pera
Koko Peryn
Kokopapun
Kokopapung
Konanin
Kukaberra
Kungkara
Nanna
Ninnggora
Paperyn
Papung
Peryn
Wab
Kokobera
Gugu Bera
Kok Kaper
Kongarrlh
Kok Kapér
Comment
Language comment
Koko-Bera is widely spoken by Kokoberrin Y223 people at Kowanyama and Normanton. In modern times, Koko-Bera speakers also use Kurtjar G33 (Black, c2007:1). See also Koko Babangk Y203. Black uses the common spelling Koko-Bera, but indicates it is 'properly Kok Kapér' (2010: 262). See also Gundara G29.
References

Black, Paul. 1978. Koko-Bera : partial draft sketch completed June 1978. MS 1175.
Black, Paul. c2007. The Kokoberrin and their languages / Kokoberrin Tribal Aboriginal Corporation. (Dictionary) MS 4584.
Black, Paul. 2010. Co-narration of a Kiko-Bera story: giants of Cape York Peninsula. In Indigenous language and social identity: papers in honour of Michael Walsh, eds B. Baker, I. Mushin, M. Harvey & R. Gardner. Pacific Linguistics 626. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.
Tindale, Norman B. 1974. Aboriginal tribes of Australia: their terrain, environmental controls, distribution, limits, and proper names. Berkeley: University of California Press/Canberra: Australian National University Press.

Status
Confirmed
Location
State
QLD
Location information
Koko-Bera is actually only one of three named dialects formally spoken throughout much of an area lying within some 30 km of the Gulf of Carpentaria coast between the South Mitchell and Nassau River; (Koko-Bera was a relatively central dialect spoken along Topsy Creek. The other two dialects were Kok-Wap, to the northeast, and Kok-Peponk, to the south (Black 1978:19). About the mouth of the Nassau River; a coastal tribe ranging inland for about thirty miles (50 km.); north to Mitchell River, south in the present day along the coast to Delta Station but formerly no farther than near Inkerman, north of the Staaten River (Tindale 1974).
Maps
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Catalogue
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Speakers
Speaker table
Speaker NILS table
1-19 years20-39 years40-59 years60+
0588
NILS endangerment grade
2
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: 
tape transcription/field note available
Grammar: 
Black, Paul. 1978. Koko-Bera: partial draft sketch completed June 1978, ms.
Dictionary: 
Sommer, Bruce. 1973 Koko-Bera word-list, ms.
Programs
Activities: 
-
People: 
Barry Alpher, Paul Black, Donald Emerson Crim, Sandra Keen, Bruce Sommer
Indigenous organisations: 
-
Classification
Classification table: 
SourceFamilyGroupSub-groupNameRelationship
Ethnologue (2005)Pama-NyunganPamanCentral PamaGugubera
Dixon (2002)WESTERN CAPE YORK PENINSULA AREAL GROUPCoastal southwest Pama groupKoko Bera (or Kok Kaber)Koko Bera* (or Kok Kaber) further dialects: Kok Peponk, Kok Wap, Koko Beberam
Wurm (1994)Pama-NyunganPamanKoko Pera
Walsh (1981)Pama-NyunganPamanCoastal PamaKoko Pera
Oates (1975)Pama-NyunganCoastal PamaGugu Bera
Wurm (1972)Pama-NyunganPama-MaricCoastal PamaKoko Bera
O'Grady, Voegelin & Voegelin (1966)Pama-NyunganPama-MaricWestern PamaKoko Pera