D26: Barranbinya

AIATSIS code: 
D26
AIATSIS reference name: 
Barranbinya

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Name
Thesaurus heading language
Thesaurus heading people
ABN name
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ABS name
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Horton name
Barranbinya
Ethnologue name
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ISO 639-3 code
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Tindale name
Baranbinja
Tindale (1974)
Barren-binya, Parran-binye, Burranbinya, Burrun-binya, Barrumbinya, Burrumbinya, Barrunbarga (typographical error), Burranbinga, Burrabinya.
O'Grady et al (1966)
Burranbinya, Burrunbinya, Barrumbinya
Glottocode
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Other sources
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Synonyms
Barranbinja, Baranbinja, Barren binya, Barrumbinya, Barrunbarga, Burrabinya, Burranbinga, Burranbinya, Burrumbinya, Burrunbinya, Parran binye, Barabinja, Baranbinya, Burrun binya, Burrunbinia, Burrunbinya
Comment
Comments: 

Little is known about Barranbinya, apart from the language name. Oates (1988) says the language probably ceased to be spoken before the turn of the (twentieth) century. Oates' grammar sketch adds to the existing data, drawing on her recordings of Barranbinya as remembered by a Muruwari D32 speaker who spoke Barranbinya during childhood.

Oates revisits O'Grady, Voegelin and Voegelin's (1966) classification of Barranbinya as a subgroup of Wiradjuric with Wongaibon D18, Weilwan D20 and Ngemba D22, concluding that Barranbinya was probably actually a dialect of 'the Muruwari group' (Oates 1988:198-99). Wafer and Lissarrague place Barrabinya in a group with Muruwari, on the basis these languages have more in common with each other than with their neighbours (2008: 255-257).

 

References: 
  • Oates, Lynette F. 1988. Barranbinya: fragments of a New South Wales Aboriginal language. In Papers in Australian Linguistics 17, ed. P. Austin, et al., 185-204. 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.
  • Wafer, Jim and Amanda Lissarrague. 2008. A handbook of Aboriginal languages of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. Nambucca Heads: Muurrbay Aboriginal Language and Culture Co-operative.

Status: 
Confirmed
Location
State / Territory: 
NSW
Location information: 

Bourke to Brewarrina on northern bank of Darling River (Tindale 1974).

... extended along the Darliing from Brewarrina to about Bourke. Mathews (1903a:57) says Barrabinya also comprised portions of the Bokhara, Bogan and the Culgoa Rivers for some distance above their respective junctions with the Darling. Tindale (1974) maps Barrabinya similarly, though he includes Collerina as a portion of the territory; my information would place Collerina in Muruwari country (Oates 1988:2).

 

Maps: 
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Links
Programs
Activities: 
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People: 
Lynette Oates
Indigenous organisations: 
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Speakers
Year Source Speaker numbers
1975Oates-
1984Senate-
1990Schmidt-
1996Census-
2001Census-
2004NILS-
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 A few articles 1
Audio-visual Less than 1 1
Manuscript note: 
tape transcription/field note available (Darling River Songs)
Grammar: 

Oates, Lynette. 1988. Barranbinya: fragments of a N.S.W. Aboriginal language. In Papers in Australian Linguistics 17: Pacific Linguistics A71, eds. Austin, P. et al, 185-204. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.

Dictionary: 
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Classification
Source Family Group Sub-group Name Relationship
Ethnologue (2005)          
Dixon (2002)   CENTRAL NEW SOUTH WALES GROUP Central inland New South Wales subgroup* Barranbinja Barranbinja
Wurm (1994)          
Walsh (1981)          
Oates (1975) Pama-Nyungan Wiradjuric Main Wiradjuric Baranbinja  
Wurm (1972) Pama-Nyungan Wiradjuric Main Wiradjuric Baranbinya  
O'Grady, Voegelin and Voegelin (1966) Pama-Nyungan Wiradjuric Main Barabinja