Marsh says that Putijarra is one of the languages (in addition to Kartujarra A51 and Manjiiljarra A51.1) on which the Jigalong communilect Martu Wangka A86 is based (in Thieberger 1993). Further, the Handbook notes that the name Martu Wangka is sometimes also used as an alternative name for languages spoken by Martu people such as Kartujarra and Manjiljarra, though Putjiarra is not explicitly mentioned (Thieberger 1993:194, 202).
Different sources provide conflicting locations for this language: East of Wiluna based on the map given by Berndt (1959) and Liberman (MS 2302); and south of Jigalong based on the map by Wangka Maya, Tonkinson (1995) and a part of Tindale.
Jigalong people place Putijarra south of Savory Creek, which separates their territory, from the Nyiyaparli (Tonkinson in Sutton 1995:156).
Contemporary location: Wiluna, Jigalong, Newman (Dixon 2011:52).
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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).
Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre. 2004. Putijarra-English wordlist, English-Putijarra finder topical wordlist & sketch morphology. South Hedland, WA: Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre. Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre. 2011. Putijarra interactive dictionary. South Hedland, WA: Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre.