D26: Barranbinya

AIATSIS code: 
D26
AIATSIS reference name: 
Barranbinya

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Name
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
Thesaurus heading language
Barranbinya language D26
Thesaurus heading (old)
Barranbinya / Baranbinya language (D26) (NSW SH55-06)
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
Comment
Comments: 
Very little information about Barranbinya exists. Oates (1988) says the language probably ceased to be spoken before the turn of the (twentieth) century. Oates's 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).
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.
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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Catalogue
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
TypeDocumentation StatusDocumentation Score
Word listLess than 20 pages1
Text CollectionNone0
GrammarA few articles1
Audio-visualLess than 11
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
SourceFamilyGroupSub-groupNameRelationship
Ethnologue (2005)
Dixon (2002)CENTRAL NEW SOUTH WALES GROUPCentral inland New South Wales subgroup*BarranbinjaBarranbinja
Wurm (1994)
Walsh (1981)
Oates (1975)Pama-NyunganWiradjuricMain WiradjuricBaranbinja
Wurm (1972)Pama-NyunganWiradjuricMain WiradjuricBaranbinya
O'Grady, Voegelin and Voegelin (1966)Pama-NyunganWiradjuricMainBarabinja