D67: Wadi Wadi (Piangil)

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Wadi Wadi (Piangil)

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Wadi Wadi (Piangil) language D67
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The name Piangil, a place name, has been linked to both Wadi Wadi D4 and Weki Weki S33.

According to Clark (1990:404), Dixon (Working Papers) has suggested that Wadiwadi D4 was divided into two dialects, 'Piangil' and 'non-Piangil'; note Dixon lists Wadi-Wadi in his 2002 classification, without reference to Biangil/Piangil. 

Blake and Reid (1998:4-5) write 'there are two tongues that bear the name Wadi-Wadi, one centred around Swan Hill and the other around Piangil'. This database equates Wadi Wadi D4 with Blake, Hercus, Morey and Ryan's (2011) Wadi Wadi (Swan Hill) and, following Clark (2005:17), Dixon's 'non-Piangil' Wadi Wadi. 

Blake, Hercus, Morey and Ryan (2011) comment 'There is a possibility that what we call Wati Wati (Piangil) was in fact the language of the Weki Weki people, though this cannot be proven.' Based on this, a separate record for Wadi Wadi (Piangil) (D67) has been created, while also noting that the two names may refer to the same language. Given this, documentation on Wadi Wadi and Weki Weki may also be relevant.

Not to be confused with Wodi Wodi S58 which is a Yuin language.

 

References: 
  • Booth, F.H. 1949. [Letter to P. Crosbie Morrison]. Black Aggie. Wild Life, vol. 11, no. 5, pp. 226-227. (p BOO)
  • Blake, Barry & Julie Reid. 1998. Classifying Victorian languages. In Wathawurrung and the Colac language of southern Victoria, ed. B. Blake. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.
  • Blake, Barry J., Luise Hercus, Stephen Morey, with Edward Ryan. 2011. The Mathi group of languages. Pacific Linguistics 628. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics. (B B636.24/M1)
  • Clark, Ian. 1990. Aboriginal languages and clans: an historical atlas of western and central Victoria, 1800-1900: Monash Publications in Geography, 37. Melbourne: Department of Geographical and Environmental Science, Monash University.
  • Clark, Ian. 2005. Aboriginal language areas in Victoria - a reconstruction: a report to Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages. Melbourne: Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages.
  • Dixon, R. M. W. 2002. Australian languages: their nature and development: Cambridge Language Surveys. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
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There are two tongues that bear the name Wadi-Wadi, one centred around Swan Hill and the other around Piangil (Blake & Reid 1998:4).

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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).

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