A16: Kuwarra

AIATSIS code: 
A16
AIATSIS reference name: 
Kuwarra

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Name
ABN name
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ABS name
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Horton name
Kuwarra
Ethnologue name
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ISO 639-3 code
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Tindale name
Koara
Thesaurus heading language
Kuwarra language A16
Thesaurus heading (old)
Kuwarra / Koara language (A16) (WA SH51-01)
Tindale (1974)
Go:ara, Goara, Guwara, Konindja (of eastern tribes), Konindjara, Waula (i.e., 'northerners' of the Waljen).
O'Grady et al (1966)
Glottocode
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Other sources
Kagara [<ozbib>Davidson MS 1097$7552</ozbib>] Kogara [Bates: MS held at NLA]
Synonyms
Goara, Koara, Go:ara, Guwara, Kagara, Kogara, Konindja, Konindjara, Waula
Comment
Comments: 
This is a dialect of the Western Desert language A80. Note that in the Ngaanyatjarra A38 dialect of the Western Desert language, Kuwarra means 'hold on, wait'. It is also mentioned as a language name in Thieberger (1993:189), although no language data is provided.
References: 
  • Liberman, Kenneth B. 1978. Tjankultjanu: an ethnography of a country without a people: (a report to the Registrar of Aboriginal Sites on the impact of the Yeelirrie uranium development). Leonora, WA. (MS 2302).
  • Thieberger, N. 1993. Handbook of the Western Australian Aboriginal Languages South of the Kimberley Region. Pacific Linguistics Series C-124. Canberra: RSPAS, ANU.
  • 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: 
Potential data
Location
State / Territory: 
WA
Location information: 
South of Agnew (on Liberman's map 1978). From Morgans and Leonora west to Mount Ida, Lake Barlee, and Sandstone; north to Gidgee, Mount Sir Samuel, and Lake Darlot; east to Mount Zephyr; northwestern boundary west of Sandstone (Tindale 1974).
Maps: 
  • Tindale, Norman. 1974. Tribal boundaries in Aboriginal Australia. Canberra: Division of National Mapping, Department of National Development.
  • Liberman, Kenneth. 1978. Tjankultjanu: an ethnography of a country without a people: (a report to the Registrar of Aboriginal Sites on the impact of the Yeelirrie uranium development)
Catalogue
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Programs
Activities: 
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People: 
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Indigenous organisations: 
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Speakers
Year Source Speaker numbers
1975Oates-
1984Senate-
1990Schmidt-
1996Census-
2001Census-
2004NILS10
2005Estimate-
2006Census-
2011Census-
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 Less than 20 pages 1
Text Collection None 0
Grammar None 0
Audio-visual None 0
Manuscript note: 
tape transcription/field note available (Bates)
Grammar: 
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Dictionary: 
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Classification
Source Family Group Sub-group Name Relationship
Ethnologue (2005)
Dixon (2002)
Wurm (1994) Pama-Nyungan South-West Guwara
Walsh (1981) Pama-Nyungan South-West Wati/Western Desert Guwara
Oates (1975) Pama-Nyungan Western Desert Proper Wati Guwara
Wurm (1972) Pama-Nyungan Southwest (or Nyungic) Western Desert Language Koara
O'Grady, Voegelin and Voegelin (1966) Pama-Nyungan Southwest Wati Koara